CDU Minister: resistance to health plans

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CDU minister announces resistance to health plans.

(10.07.2010) The Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich (CDU) has announced resistance to the health plans of the federal government. Higher health insurance contributions would have fatal consequences for the economy and would destroy jobs. According to the government's previous plans, the cash contributions should increase from 14.9 to 15.5 percent. The employee share was frozen, so that future increases in contributions would have to be borne by the insured themselves.

There is also resistance within the ranks of the federal government's health plans. The Saxon CDU Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich announced resistance to the coalition's health compromise. "There is a considerable need for discussion. What was presented there in Berlin can definitely not be the result," Tillich told the Leipziger Volkszeitung. The increase in health insurance contributions would have damaging consequences for the economy and destroy jobs. As of 2011, the government plans to increase the regular health insurance contribution from 14.9 to 15.5 percent. In addition, the possible additional contributions are to be doubled.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the increase in premiums would have serious consequences, particularly for the East. Because the contributions have already been increased in the course of the health fund. The criteria for regional risk structure adjustment should continue to apply in the future. Tillich announced that he would not support the decision of the federal government and would vote against it. "I cannot support decisions of this kind that are at the expense of individual regions." Tillich has been leading the state government in Saxony together with the FDP since 2009. (sb)

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