2004 1116 - GOV - Insurance Brokerage Practices

  • 2004 1116 - GOV - INSURANCE BROKERAGE PRACTICES, INCLUDING POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND THE ADEQUACY OF THE CURRENT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK, aka Insurance Brokerage and Regulation Practices
    • [PDF - 166pVIDEO-CSPAN]
    • program.136757.MP4-M20
    • Spitzer Investigations
    • Richard Blumenthal (as Attorney General - [D] -Connecticut, Currently (2021) Congressman from Connecticut] 
    • John Garamendi, as Insurance Commissioner
      California
    • Gregory Serio, Superintendent -New York State Insurance Dept.
    • Eliot Spitzer - Attorney General - New York (State)
    • J. Robert Hunter, Director of Insurance, Consumer Federation of America
      • Complexity produces weak regulation, Unleash the FTC, Anti-trust, Cartel rating organizations, Spitzer report - Regulators have utterly failed, 
  • :44 / :48  Garamendi ; Agent works for the company
  • :47  Peter Fitzgerald … You have to be a very careful working with Agents.  They are fiduciaries of the company not the clients.
  • :52 Gregory Serio ~"people didn't come forward because they were embarrassed that they were schnookered"
  • :54 Spitzer --bid rigging, steering(violation of law, undisclosed compensation) …compared to Revenue Sharing with Mutual Fund industry.
  • :57 nondisclosure of revenue/ commissions / making things more complicated
  • 1:02 Brokers aren't regulated really.
  • 1:03 Interlocking nature, Companies, reinsurance. Bermuda
  • 1:03  Blumenthal Antitrust enforcement
  • 1:04 Mccarran-Ferguson Act.  ~"probably never repeal the act..insurance lobbying strong" Does MF apply to Brokers?  "business of insurance" 
  • 1:06 big companies can get away with more shit.  "cartel behavior" higher premiums
  • 1:06 Garamendi--small companies do bid rigging and steering as well. 
  • 1:09 Garamendi-- Congress
  • 1:10  FTC/ Congress/1980
  • 1:17 Fitzgerald  ; major departments in the US weren't audited until 1999.  Billions of dollars were lost.
  • 1:23 Personal lines sector kickbacks/ additional compensation/ vacations for selling so much in / winning sales contents/
  • 1:25  agents representations very confusing...broker... fiduciary...
  • 1:26 Private lawyers are suing companies on behalf of individuals, companies, etc
  • 1:27  Spitzer-kickbacks to brokers/ agency in personal lines, loans, cash, trips, etc
  • 1:30 Sectors--Health, property casualty, employee benefits
  • 1:32 why isn't there better regulation? Serio
  • 1:33 Serio  ..Insolvenies. .80's/90;s.Smart Bill..
  • 1:34 Fitzgerald..1949..Illinoia Gov Dwight Green state payroll paying 32 Newpaper editors $10,000 per year. 2 Papers won pulitzerprize.. St. Louis post dispatch /chicago daily news.
  • PART 2
  • 1:55 Ernie Csiszar " cartel is true" 3 big companies.  Contingency is a misnomer
  • 2:06 Robert Hunter 1) people don't know what they doing (even sophisticated buyers) 2)  The FTC Improvements Act of 1980 allows the FTC to study an insurance issue only upon a specific request by a
  • majority of either the Senate or House Commerce Committees [15 USC 46(i)]. This Act also still allows the FTC to
  • use its investigative and reporting powers to examine a minor set of insurance issues: antitrust activities not allowed
  • under the broad antitrust exemption granted to insurers in the McCarran Ferguson Act.
  • Smart Act-bad
  • Manipulation of data is where the problem lies
  • Insurance commissioners never catch anything.  prudential a few years ago.
  • Regulatory Capture. Unleash the FTC. Repeal the Anti-trust Exemption.
  • Disclosure.  ‘’’’’’’’’’’’
  • 2:38 ernie --- go shop around
  • 2:39