Whitmer threatens to veto auto insurance bill

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images Photo)

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is threatening to veto Senate-passed auto insurance legislation if it gets to her desk in its current form.

The Democrat said Tuesday the bill headed toward the House “creates more problems than it solves.” The Senate earlier Tuesday approved a bill that would eliminate Michigan’s unique system requiring drivers to buy unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. Instead, they would buy a lower amount of coverage or none at all if they have qualifying health insurance.

Whitmer says the legislation “preserves a corrupt system where insurance companies are allowed to unfairly discriminate in setting rates and the only cuts it guarantees are to drivers’ coverage.”

Majority Republicans say their legislation would slash a unique fee assessed on Michigan drivers, and insurers would have to cut personal injury protection rates to appease regulators and stay competitive.

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  • BP

    It doesn’t matter if you are Democrat or Republican. We are all getting screwed. The politicians do not care. Look at their salaries, healthcare, lifestyle. We are all fooled.

  • steve

    For one thing, Whitless will veto the bill because, if nothing else, it’s Republican backed. Also, although the bill doesn’t solve all of the problems she’d like fixed, she’ll veto a bill that would at least give some relief to all motorists immediately and worry about the parts she favors in the future. Once again, her ego negates common sense.

  • Tim

    Very good Gretchen,,,now they need to do better than that like eliminate the uninsured motorist fees as well, credit discrepancies fees etc.

  • BP

    If you saw what the bill is going to do you’d veto it too. I’m generally a republican but the ONLY way the rates will decrease under their bill is less coverage. Is that what we want? Do you want the insurance companies to continue to rate you on your credit score? Not me.

  • WRTolkas

    Figures. Granholm, Jr. Won’t receive her bribes, errrr, political donatons if this passes. I want everyone in the state at noon this Friday that voted for Gretchen to walk outside on your break and scream: “HOW COULD I HAVE BEEN SO STUPID!”

    • steve

      Sorry, but the days of crossing the aisle are history, and the country hasn’t been this divided in years. Race, sex, age, financial status are just a few of the ways that we’re divided these days, and it’s political affiliation and the media that cause it.

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