Skubick: Here comes the No-Fault Insurance debate… again

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Michigan motorists continue to complain about the high cost of no-fault car insurance and a new legislature is restarting the conversation about lowering the cost.  

Don’t spend your no-fault car insurance savings just yet, because lawmakers have been talking for literally years about reducing the costs but nothing has been done.

The problem is the health care industry and the insurance industry can not agree on how to do it and until and unless they give some ground, the statemate will continue.

Pumping some new optimism into the debate, the new House Republican Speaker Lee Chatfield and the new Republican Senate leader Mike Shirkey list no-fault as a top priority for the new year after
the previous Republican legislature failed to get the votes despite support from the previous Republican Speaker Tom Leonard.

The mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan, is staying out of the debate for now because he argues the two sides won’t compromise.

Mr. Duggan wanted to give consumers a choice to buy cheaper coverage for a catastrophic injury.

Right now everyone has to purchase unlimited coverage which is expensive and democrat Sen. Adam Hollier argues if you give drivers a choice to buy less coverage, more drivers will have insurance.

“Right now we have too many people that can’t afford to be in the system and are not covered.,” explains the senator. “So we need to do things were they’re paying a little bit more and participate. That’s what we should be doing.”

Republican State Rep. Jason Wentworth will attempt to nail down the illusive compromise.

 

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