Insurance Commissioner candidates differ on experience
Voters on Tuesday will be given a choice between two Tulsans for Insurance Commissioner in the race to replace incumbent John Doak, who is term-limited.
Kimberly Fobbs, a Democrat, says her experience as a claims investigator and manager at Metropolitan Life Insurance is an advantage because her career has focused on representing customers, while Glen Mulready, a Republican, says his 35 years representing both sides will best help Oklahomans by expanding coverage options.
“I’ve been on both sides as a broker, as an insurance executive,” Mulready said, listing a career that includes working as an agent and broker in property, casualty, health and life insurance and as an executive at some of the state’s largest health insurance companies.
In looking at the operations of the office under Doak, Mulready said he does not have “plans to turn it on its head.”
But he does want to find ways to increase insurance choices for Oklahomans. He said he also wants to explore the performance of pharmacy benefit plans introduced a few years ago.
“We really need to see if they are working,” Mulready said.
Fobbs, meanwhile, counters that Mulready’s experience and support from insurance companies could come at a cost to Oklahoma residents whose interests might be compromised in favor of corporate interests.
“I’ve always been on the side of the policy holder,” Fobbs said. “I did not sell policies or make money from commissions. It was my job to investigate claims and look at when things were done wrong.”
Fobbs said she is concerned about the introduction of cameras along Oklahoma roads designed to catch motorists who are driving without insurance. Some of those drivers, she said, are in a situation where they face higher insurance rates due to their credit scores.
“We need someone who will be an advocate who will hold the market place accountable,” Fobbs said. Mulready, meanwhile, pledged to ensure that Oklahomans are being treated fairly.