Skubick: No-fault insurance deal isn’t embraced by all

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The governor and Republican legislative leaders are telling Michigan motorists that no fault insurance relief is on the way after 40 years of waiting.

But some Democrats at the Capitol are not applauding this bi-partisan deal. 

State Rep. Cynthia Johnson was blunt. “I don’t want to cuss right now because I’m so pissed off.”

State Sen. Adam Hollier counters, “What it does is make real savings and real progress for folks.”

At 8:00 a.m. today the governor and the two Republican leaders finally announced a deal that includes

No Fault Deal
(1) Choice on Accident Benefits
(2) Lower Medical Costs
(3) Lower Rates
(4) No Zip Code-Credit Scores

But some Democrats complain, insurance companies can find a way to get around that ban.

“But they can use other territorial factors so we’re still going to be punished for living in urban areas,” said State Rep. Issac Robinson. “And they won’t use credit scores but they can get the negative information out of the credit report.”

The Republican Speaker reports that hospitals, insurance companies, trial lawyers and doctors will lose dollars and drivers will share in those cost savings.

But Democrat State Rep. Yusef Rabhi contends, motorists who reduce their health care coverage could go broke if they are involved in a serious accident.

“I don’t think that’s right to put people in a position where they can’t afford to pay their bills anymore.”

State Rep. Lee Chatfield says, “That’s a scare tactic.The fact is this compromise in this bill is a great step forward and that’s why we’re doing it today.”

There were some Democrats upset that the governor gave the Republicans what they wanted.

Rep. Cynthia Johnson said, “As much as I love this govenor, I’m really, really, really disappointed. They got just what they wanted.”

So what does rep. Johnson believe happened today?

Again, the representative is blunt. “We’ve been screwed.”

Governor Whitmer and Republican legislative leadership would disagree.
 

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