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A Message from Sean Shaw



We’re a few short months away from committee season – that means insurance industry lobbyists are already putting together the next crop of bills that aim to further line the pockets of Big Insurance. Those who may have thought Senate Bill 408 was the end of it are unfortunately mistaken. We know that the insurance industry will look to erode more consumer protections.

With our organized effort, we managed to have some success last session in spite of the odds. It was only after several pro-consumer groups mobilized the last few weeks of session that we started seeing some compromise on the initially proposed legislation. We’re kidding ourselves if we think that, in the absence of real opposition, the industry won’t try to reach even further than they already have.

Fortunately, Floridians across the state are waking up. Thankfully, with redistricting on the horizon, every legislator in the state is now up for reelection. Pro-insurance legislators may have been able to take policyholders for granted a few months ago, but they will not have that luxury in 2012.

That’s why I strongly urge you to get involved. You wouldn’t be receiving this email if you didn’t already care, if you weren’t already active, or if you didn’t have a vested interest in this fight. But we need more than a few hundred to guard against the powerful insurance lobby – we need thousands.

Nothing puts fear in a legislator more than hundreds of calls to his or her legislative office in a reelection year. They need to know that we’re watching, that we’re keeping score, and that they will be held accountable.

The insurance industry has its high-paid lobbyists – but we have over 8 million policyholders on our side. If we can mobilize even a small fraction of these hard-working Floridians – Floridians from every walk of life – Democrats and Republicans – we can make sure that our voices are heard.

Tell everyone you know to visit to get the latest breaking news about the fight.  We will continue to keep you updated with the most current information about new legislation and how to get involved. If you have a Facebook account, be sure to “like” Policyholders of Florida. If you have twitter, fire it up and follow @PolicyholdersFL. What we need to do isn’t difficult; it doesn’t require that much work; but with your help it will yield results.

Policyholders of Florida will continue to fight against insurance company overreaches – I urge you to stay active so we can win this fight.

Sean Shaw
Merlin Law Group