Prop 33 Will Help Protect San Diego's Large Military Population

Area Veterans' Groups Rally in Support of Ballot Initiative that will Protect Discounts for Californians in Uniform

Oct 30, 2012, 15:21 ET from Proposition 33

CHULA VISTA, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With its big population of military personnel, San Diego stands to benefit significantly from Proposition 33, which protects auto insurance discounts for men and women in uniform. More than a dozen veterans' groups rallied today in support of the ballot initiative.

"The very least we can do for those who protect the United States is to protect their auto discounts while they serve our nation," said Stephen Arends, a San Diego area retired U.S. Navy captain. "Forty-eight other states already make sure military personnel don't lose their discounts when they are on base or deployed overseas."

Arends was one of many veterans at a rally today who urged San Diego voters to support Prop. 33.

"The military had an active hand in drafting Proposition 33," said Arends. "This is important to us and the hundreds of thousands of California military staff."

Proposition 33 allows drivers to switch insurance companies and keep their continuous coverage discount. This gives the consumer control and allows them to shop their discount with any company they choose, forcing insurance companies to compete harder, lowering prices and insuring more Californians.

Proposition 33 also makes sense for veterans' and other individuals who once had insurance, but were forced to let it lapse for a range of personal reasons. In contrast to the present system, many more people will be protected under Proposition 33, including: people who have been laid off or furloughed for up to 18 months, those who need a break in payment for 90 days for any reason, and even children living with their parents will receive the same discount available to their parents.

Beyond veterans groups including the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and USAA, Prop 33 has attracted a wide range of other support, including from California highway patrol officers, firefighters, leaders from both parties, ethnic organizations, chambers of commerce and consumer organizations. Supporters are drawn to the fact that Prop 33:

  • Helps military
  • Means more insured drivers and safer streets
  • Preserves regulatory oversight of rates
  • Restores consumer choice
  • Protects people whose policies have lapsed due to unemployment, illness or other factors

 "All Californians – and especially our military – deserve to have their discounts protected," said Hooper.

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