The right-winged Senate examines this Wednesday at first reading the bills on social debt and on autonomy, wishing the establishment of a "golden rule" to frame future laws financing security social. For the rapporteur of the text in the Senate, Jean-Marie Vanlerenberghe (centrist), "the exceptional circumstances must not make lose sight of the objective of extinction of the social debt, each generation must finance its own expenditure of social protection" .
The two texts (organic and ordinary) voted in mid-June at first reading by deputies confirm the addition of 136 billion euros of debt to the " hole of the Safely ", after the coronavirus, and provide for a new branch devoted to Autonomy loss. Twenty amendments were tabled for examination at first reading in the Senate Chamber and the left will defend two motions to reject, considering that it is up to the State to bear the burden of the "exceptional" debt resulting of the Covid-19 epidemic.
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The senators accepted in committee the transfer to the Social Depreciation Fund (Cades) of past and future deficits of Social Security, until the financial year 2023, in particular the exceptional deficits of the year 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis, for a maximum amount of 123 billion euros. They also approved the new deadline for the complete discharge of the social debt, December 31, 2033, nine years longer than expected. On the other hand, they rejected the transfer to Cades of the debt of the hospitals (for 13 billion euros), believing that the State should assume the load of it. "It is essentially a property debt , " the rapporteur told AFP. "We dispute the fact that health insurance must finance the walls of the hospital."
" Golden rule "
The government has tabled amendments to try to restore the original text, saying, according to the explanatory memorandum, that "to cancel this debt recovery would be to call into question a strong commitment from the government, announced in November 2019 as part of the plan for the hospital. " The Social Affairs Committee also wished to establish, as soon as the current crisis came out, a "golden rule" , which will frame future social security financing laws. From 2025, each of these laws will have to balance Social Security accounts over five years. Supported "without reservation" by the LR group, this provision is however disputed by the CRCE group with a Communist majority, which sees in it "an additional step towards the accounting management of health" .
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In terms of autonomy, the committee validated the principle of the creation of a fifth branch, while expressing “strong doubts as to the advisability of such a creation even before the submission of the conclusions of the report that the government must submit to Parliament by September 15 ” . The subject is debated. "The work on autonomy has been launched, but once again it is display!" , estimated during the examination in commission Jean-Noël Cardoux (LR). "This is good news, but everything remains to be done," said Yves Daudigny (PS), while Laurence Cohen indicated that the CRCE group was "not favorable to the creation of a fifth branch" . "Social security was created to support us from birth to death: the sickness branch can therefore fully take care of the loss of autonomy," she said.