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THE NATION RESPONDS TO THE ADVOCATES ON AUTO INSURANCE, NOVEMBER 21, 1969
On response to the nationwide public television broadcast debating the question, "Should we prohibit law suits over auto accidents and have each driver buy insurance for his own injuries?” THE ADVOCATES received 1,557 signatures from 47 states. Of the people writing in:
65.6% favored the proposal
5.9% expressed other views* During the November 9 Broadcast, Michael Dukakis, Massachusetts State Representative, Professor Robert Keeton of Harvard Law School, and Harold Scott Baile of the American Insurance Association appeared as witnesses in favor of the proposal, while Craig Spangenberg, a trial lawyer from Cleveland, and Professor David Sargent of Suffolk University Law School spoke for the opposition. Richard E. Stewart, Superintendent of Insurance of the state of New York, as yet uncommitted on the proposal, was the principal guest to whom the arguments were addressed.
THE ADVOCATES, a new live, Sunday evening public affairs television series (10:00 p.m., EST), seeks to bring people into politics. Each week arguments are heard on both sides of an important “decidable question". At the end of each broadcast, viewers are encouraged to act on the question. THE ADVOCATES' staff has undertaken to tabulate views received and pass them on to the respondents' elected officials. THE ADVOCATES, as a program, takes no position on any issue debated.
The following is a detailed breakdown of the mail response to our auto insurance broadcast:
Roger Fisher, Executive Editor, THE ADVOCATES
P. O. Box 1970, Boston, Massachusetts 02134
• This category includes those letters which expressed an interest in the auto insurance program or in a particular witness or advocate, but which did not express an opinion on the topic.
* 156 PARTY REFERS TO THE POLICYHOLDER; 3rd PARTY REFERS TO ANYONE MAKING A CLAIM AGAINST THE POLICYHOLDER
HOW AUTO INSURANCE WOULD BE RESTRUCTURED UNDER THE COMPLETE PERSONAL PROTECTION PLAN
"PURE" AUTO INSURANCE POLICY
HOW CHANGED ELIMINATED]
1. LIABILITY FOR BODILY INJURY OF OTHERS
(1. ECONOMIC LOSS -
• MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL EXPENSES • LOSS OF INCOME
2. LIABILITY FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE OF OTHERS
39-280 0-71 —
RETAINED || 3. COLLISION