Well, the Legislature has reconvened for a special session & as I may have stated previously, I’m very concerned that we will not see anything good come out of this. There are many reasons why I state this. Firstly, the proposed plan, which is somewhat different from what I’ve previously blogged about, is still inadequate. And there is obviously quite a bit of legislators that feel this way as well. Many of the legislators, including some Republicans, are quite miffed that this currently proposed plan was worked out basically behind closed doors. Marco Rubio, the House Speaker from Miami, stated basically that they have a choice of the proposed plan or no change to the current system. As I’ve stated before, it just seems that he looking to make a name for himself. He’s already proposed a couple of plans which did not merit anything more than a cursory notice.
It’s quite sad because the only victims here are the people of the State of Florida. This is true with the tax situation and what we’ll soon talk about, property insurance. But, before I go there, there is one major note that should be brought to your attention. The current proposed property tax seems to be only affording most of us a mediocre savings that would basically be obliterated within four to five years time. And as I’ve stated before, I have a major issue with our legislators just replacing one flawed system with an equally flawed system. What’s the purpose except for them to say “Look at what we’ve done for you!” and most likely not be in office when we have to repair that system. Go figure!
Anyway to Property Insurance and Citizens Property Insurance Corp, in particular. The long and short of this, and you may have read this in a previous blog of mine, Citizens was created by the Florida legislature basically to protect Floridians and offer policies to homeowners who could not buy property insurance elsewhere on the open market. Many insurers have left the state, especially in writing policies on property.
The problem here is that Citizens has been allowed to grow, recently, way beyond its proposed structure. Firstly, it was underfunded at the beginning and we’ve found ourselves having to bail it out twice already. We pay for this everytime we pay our insurance whether it be to Citizens or another carrier. At present, Citizens is being told that it has to rollback it’s rates to that of 2006. Sounds great to the consumer, but what happens if there is an unfortunate catastrophe in the State of Florida. Hum, let’s think! Oh, I know, we’ll be bailing Citizens out again. This has to stop! It is not fair to the people of this state to consistently bail this company out of bankruptcy.
Additionally, as I was previously alluding to, Citizens has been allowed to go way beyond it’s scope. They offer cheap insurance to basically irresponsible coastal developers. They build these large high-rise condos on the beach in areas that are prone to disasters. Does this make good business sense to anyone? Please let me know. Let me also mention, most carriers would not insure a project like this or, at the very least, at the rates that Citizens is charging these developers.
Let’s take this one step further, so they build a coastal high-rise. They sell these units and now the unit owners and the condo association need insurance. Since other carriers would probably not be interested in insuring this property in the first place, where do you think most of these people will wind up purchasing a policy from? You got it – Citizens. Do you possibly see a problem here?
The other problem is that people in the state’s interior will be paying for this mess and they do not deserve that responsibility. Our legislators need to take action and do it now! They need to be more responsible about the development of our coastlines. They need to be fiscally responsible to the people, not big business.
Please do not get me wrong. I am not a radical or subversive or whatever may come to mind in that respect. But, I do firmly believe if you have a problem or a broken system it needs to be repaired. Just as if you had a broken tooth, you’d go to the dentist. You just wouldn’t let it remain open and possibly abscess.
This brings me to another insurance matter that is being handled incorrectly also. It seems that the Legislature is planning on allowing our No-fault insurance for automobiles lapse when it becomes due in October. The reason behind this supposedly is that there is too much corruption in the fact of people abusing the system. Under the current system, you must carry at least $10K of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. Basically, the elimination of this will allow people to drive uninsured. This will only create a greater strain on us & also our hospitals. Yes, again the system needs to be fixed. It is definitely flawed and rank with fraud, but the elimination of it is not the correct answer. Deal with the fraud. Eliminate that, but not the whole concept.
Again, thank you for reading my rantings and ravings.
Until next time – Marc It Sold!