LANSING — Today, the House passed sweeping changes to Michigan’s auto insurance system. In response, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods) issued the following statement:

“The people of Michigan are tired of hollow proposals that will do nothing to address the persistent problems facing our auto insurance system. This plan fails to ensure the viability of the MCCA, ban the use of all discriminatory non-driving factors in rate determinations or protect injured drivers with the coverage they need. Even worse, this only serves to reduce costs by lowering health coverage provisions rather than considering the entire equation that goes into our premiums. Michiganders deserve real relief, not this short sighted proposal that patches a broken system with nothing more than a band-aid made of empty promises. It’s time to get serious and begin discussing the proposals my colleagues and I previously offered to actually address these fundamental issues.”