Zorn concerned about savings from auto insurance reform

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, released the following statement on Thursday after voting against Senate Bills 787 and 1014, which would make reforms to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law.

“The high cost of auto insurance affects everyone, even those who are not insured. Any auto insurance reform must provide real relief for the ratepayer and reduce the number of uninsured drivers.

“I am not convinced these bills would do that. While some may get minor relief, if they are injured, the costs for their medical care would just be shifted off auto insurance and onto the rest of us taxpayers in the form of Medicare or Medicaid and could cause an increase in medical bankruptcies.

“I did support an amendment that would have given a real rate reduction of 10 percent for those who bought the $50,000 plan. Since these bills did not contain any real across-the-board rate reduction, but rather could increase insurance rates, I voted against them.

“Reforms such as capping fees on medical services to bring them in line with health care, workers’ compensation and Medicaid rates have the potential for significant rate reductions for every Michigan driver.

“As these bills head to the House for their consideration, I will remain engaged to find meaningful reforms to auto no-fault insurance.”