Don’t blame the Democrats

EDITOR:

In response to Ed McBroom’s Dec. 14 Letter to the Editor:

I think we can all agree that Michigan needs to lower its highest in the nation auto insurance rates, however Mr. McBroom’s letter blames Representative Scott Dianda and the House Democrats for the no-fault auto insurance reform bill’s (HB5013) failure to pass in the Michigan House.

As the old adage goes, you are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.

Fact: The Michigan House is currently controlled by Republicans. There are 63 Republicans and 47 Democrats. The Republicans hold a 16 seat majority (Wikipedia, November 7, 2017).

Fact: The auto insurance reform bill was sponsored by Republican Representative Lana Theis (Michigan Legislature Website).

Fact: The auto insurance reform bill needed 55 votes to pass. It lost by 10 votes, on a 45-63 vote (Michigan Free Press, Nov. 3, 2017).

Fact: There were 22 Republicans who voted against the bill (Michigan Free Press, Nov. 3, 2017).

Fact: If only 10 of the 22 Republicans who voted against the bill had voted for the bill instead, the bill would have passed.

Oh and by the way:

Fact: The Michigan Senate is also controlled by Republicans. There are 27 Republicans to 11 Democrats. And of course the Governor is a Republican (Wikipedia, November 7, 2017).

What that means is that the Republicans could have passed this no-fault auto insurance reform bill easily, on their own.

Therefore, it’s not fair to blame the Democrats for the failure of this Republican-sponsored bill to pass. It strikes me as a cheap shot by Mr. McBroom.

Both Mr. McBroom (Republican) and Representative Scott Dianda (Democrat) are running in 2018 for the 38th District Senate seat currently held by Tom Casperson. It appears that Mr. McBroom is laying the groundwork for a “fact-free” campaign next year. I hope he reconsiders his campaign strategy and elevates his game.

Anne Okonek

Cornell