Texas State Senator Wendy Davis responded to constituents complaints about arbritary actions by Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman by calling on Governor Perry to remove Kitzman from her appointed post. In a letter to Gov,. Perry Friday, Aug. 30, Sen. Davis calls for transparency and accountability in the Texas Insurance Commission and cites anti-consumer actions by Kitzman which cost Texas taxpayers money.
Sen. Davis released sent this message to constituents:
From day one, you have heard me talk about the importance of government accountability and full transparency. Some recent decisions made by Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman were anything but transparent.
Over the course of just a few months, Ms. Kitzman has proven that she is only concerned with protecting insurance companies and has shown complete disregard for protecting Texas consumers. That’s why I’ve called on Governor Perry to remove Kitzman from her appointed post.
Kitzman has already managed to roll back years’ worth of consumer protection for Texans:
- Without asking the opinion of taxpayers or elected officials, Kitzman arbitrarily announced she would remove important rules that protect health insurance policyholders from being charged certain fees that could otherwise be avoided;
- Kitzman removed from TDI’s website a list of insurance companies found to have used deceptive or illegal practices against policyholders;
- She refused to disclose emails received and sent between her agency and an insurance oversight group; and,
Texans deserve an Insurance Commissioner who works for them and not against them. Eleanor Kitzman should be protecting Texans’ household budgets rather than making it easier for insurance companies to fill their own pockets.
- Kitzman fought against giving policy rebates to consumers as required when insurance companies spend too much money on advertising and corporate bonuses and too little money providing health care coverage to policyholders.
Please know that I will continue fighting to protect the rights of Texas consumers by working to see that failed and irresponsible appointed officials like Commissioner Kitzman are not allowed to stay on our state’s payroll.Your friend, and proudly, your state senator,
Senator Davis updated her website and included this background:
Petitions to the Department of Insurance have gone unheeded from constituent upset by the Commission requesting exceptions to allow Texas Insurance Companies to apply more than the mandated 20% maximum of premium costs toward Insurance Company profit and administrative cost for medicare payments. One of the reforms passed by Congress (and frequently discounted by insurance industry distractorss as "Obamacare" requires that no more than 20% of the premiums paid for health insurance can be diverted from health care costs and pocketed by insurance companies as profit or applied to administrative cost.