Today we learned Consumer Watchdog and their buddy Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones failed to qualify their initiative to regulate health insurance for the November ballot.
This failure is an enormous embarrassment to Harvey Rosenfeld and Consumer Watchdog. They contributed at least $600,000 (without disclosing their donors) and used hundreds of thousands of those dollars to collect signatures despite bragging that this was an “all-volunteer” effort.
The initiative’s failure also denies Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones the chance to front a signature statewide effort. He hitched his wagon to Harvey and friends hoping this measure would give him a shot at statewide media, the chance to star in commercials and other trappings ballot measure campaigns in California that would set him up for another run for office.
Like we’ve mentioned before Harvey and friends have a cozy relationship with the Insurance Commissioner that screams for oversight. In fact, they pocketed 100% of the intervener fees last year and collected $7.5 million since Prop 103 passed. Now that the initiative failed will Harvey continue to be the only intervener to collect fees from the Department of Insurance as he has been for the past four years?