Statement from Rep VerHeulen on opposition of HB 5013

first_img Representative Rob VerHeulen (R-Walker) released the following statement regarding his “no” vote on House Bill 5013, which failed to pass the Michigan House. House Bill 5013 seeks to amend Michigan’s auto no-fault system. “It is long past time for Michigan’s drivers to get a break on their auto insurance rates. I remain committed to finding a solution that will truly lower auto rates. Unfortunately, this bill has a number of major shortcomings and I could not, in good conscience, vote for this measure.“Instead of focusing on government-mandated rates that try to entice the consumer to lesser coverage, the Legislature should focus on addressing fraud, costly attendant care policies, and increasing transparency within the auto no-fault system. These measures would offer consumers more protection than this proposal.“As someone who has always supported free markets, I am extremely wary of any bill which imposes price fixing or mandated fee schedules on services between private entities. West Michigan is home to incredible organizations, such as Hope Network and Mary Free Bed, which provide the community with vital health care programs. I am not willing to adopt a government mandated fee schedule that could devastate programs that so many in our community rely on.“I applaud the efforts of the bill sponsor and the Speaker to address auto no-fault reform. However, I could not support this bill. I stand committed to work with all interested parties to develop a plan that benefits all Michigan residents. There are a number of reform bills pending before the Legislature that I support. I think it is time to move forward reviewing each of those reform measures on their own merits.” 03Nov Statement from Rep. VerHeulen on opposition of HB 5013 Categories: VerHeulen Newslast_img read more