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A bill to keep uninsured drivers from collecting noneconomic damages will do nothing to entice Oklahomans to carry car insurance and deserves to be vetoed.
This is yet another example of some legislators protecting insurance companies on the backs of poor people.
This bill won’t lead to a single Oklahoman buying car insurance who wouldn’t otherwise have bought it.
Although it may be tempting to link carrying car insurance to restricting lawsuits, the two aren’t related. The insured and uninsured alike are injured in accidents through no fault of their own, and suffering from bad car wrecks doesn’t affect only those with policies.
HB 1021 also will cost Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance plans that receive money back from the car insurance companies of negligent drivers.
If legislators want to increase car insurance rates, they should stiffen penalties and better enforce existing laws.
Uninsured drivers don’t have a clue what noneconomic damages are, and no amount of doubletalk is going to change that. Arguing that restricting their access to the courts is going to make them get insurance is an incredible leap of logic. We call on the governor to exercise the same even-handedness he has exercised throughout the session and veto this mean-spirited bill.