Consumer Advocate Harvey Rosenfield Learns The Truth A Year Too Late

Reading the news from Insurance Commissioner Steve Poinzer’s office, you’ve got to wonder if consumer “advocate” Harvey Rosenfield is having the worst case of buyer’s remorse in California political history.
That’s because Ponizer is appointing a guy from the insurance industry to help regulate the industry. True, he said he’d be “non partisan” and “independent” and used all kinds of well crafted buzzwords to convince California voters (and Harvey Rosenfield) he was better than Cruz “Lose Weight Ask Me How” Bustamante.
Thus, consumer “advocate” and Proposition 103 author Harvey Rosenfield drank the Kool-Aid and endorsed this guy over Bustamante. The endorsement was considered a coup for Poinzer’s campaign, and while many could understand why Rosenfield would not endorse the terminally lame Cruz, many were stunned he’d endorse Poinzer.
Today, he reaped the benefit of his work with today’s news. You can bet the author of Proposition 103 and a lifetime consumer advocate is having that moment of clarity many have when they realize the’ve not only been duped – but that they’ve helped elevate something they’ve fought their entire career.
On behalf of all of us who are paying way too much for insurance and getting way too little in the way of service, we’d like to thank all involved for their part in this little drama. We’ll happily sign away more of our paychecks for lousy car and health insurance, and sleep well knowing that Steve Poinzer and his friends in the insurance industry are well taken care of. Thanks to all who helped.

One response to “Consumer Advocate Harvey Rosenfield Learns The Truth A Year Too Late

  1. This comment was emailed to by Mr. Rosenfield. Although he disagrees with my article, in the spirit of open and friendly discussion, I am posting his message here, since he chose a polite tone to his message. I appreciate his taking the time to write in.
    The situation regarding Insurance Commissioner Poizner requires a more detailed analysis. Poizner’s decision to hire an insurance industry person to be one of his top aides is very disturbing. But it’s a little too early to declare that I made a mistake by endorsing him last fall. To begin with, there is no doubt that the Democratic candidate, Cruz Bustamente, would not have been better. There was a lot of history on that point: as a legislator, Bustamante carried industry bills to repeal provisions of Prop. 103. Plus he privately promised the industry to undermine its key protections if he was elected. By contrast, Poizner made specific, public commitments to maintain, defend and enforce key Prop 103 regulations. That alone was worth my support.
    He will have to keep those promises or face the destruction of his career. His choice of an industry guy is the first of what I expected would be a series of decisions we will strongly disagree with, and that will hurt him.
    Yesterday’s stories in the Los Angeles Times and the San Jose Mercury News demonstrate that the media is watching him; public scrutiny will keep things in check as much as can be hoped for. I have attached the statement I issued last October about my endorsement of Poizner.
    (Please not that my endorsement was a personal decision and not associated with the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.) Thanks for keeping an eye on the story.

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