Whitmer, lawmakers still negotiating no-fault deal

Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The week comes to an end as it began — with no deal in Lansing on auto no-fault insurance reform.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been talking about the importance of the coverage offered in our current no-fault system. At the same time, House and Senate members have come up with alternative coverage plans with much lower limits that they say would save money.

State Democrats unveiled their plan Thursday, saying it would cut premiums by 40%.

The plan would keep the unlimited catastrophic medical coverage for all drivers but would guarantee a discount when drivers coordinate auto and health insurance.

“This is about coming together for a bipartisan solution. I would imagine that because we didn’t even get some provisions in their bill, there may be some opposition to it. But we have to put these ideas out; these are our values. We know this is what Michiganders want,” said House Minority Leader Christine Greig to a group of reporters.

Whitmer has vowed to veto the Republicans’ plan.

House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said discussions on a possible bipartisan deal would continue through the weekend.

Whitmer told 24 Hour News 8 she thought reforming no-fault was an issue that would impact everyone in Michigan for years to come. She said getting it right was much more important than getting it done quickly.

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