In Florida, a battle is taking place between special interest groups over the
state’s no-fault insurance policy. Some politicians are arguing that the insurance
policy has led to overbilling and staged accidents.
TALLAHASSEE — We couldn’t set the holiday table for an early
Florida legislative session without a heaping helping of interest-group
squabbling. And one of the most cash-fueled battles to christen the New
Year will be over your auto insurance.
Florida’s personal-injury protection (PIP) auto-insurance law is under
assault from Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Gov. Rick
Scott and lawmakers who argue the state’s unique no-fault insurance
environment is plagued by staged accidents and overbilling, sticking
drivers with a $910 million “fraud tax” built into their premiums.
Underlying this fight, of course, are political interests aplenty.
Critics are arguing that the movement is really being driven by insurance
companies. Doctors, chiropractors, attorney-referral services and a host
of other medical-related professions all joined forces with trial lawyers to
kill PIP changes last session.
Insurers are huge contributors to the GOP political establishment that
runs Tallahassee. Doctors and other medical providers are big givers, too.
And trial lawyers are one of the Florida GOP’s last still-standing political
“A lot of people are making a lot of money off PIP,” said Rep. Mike Horner,
a Kissimmee Republican who… continue reading
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