Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto (Greens), a member of the Parliament’s Social Affairs and Health Committee, is doubtful that the long-discussed social, health care and regional government reform will ever see the light of day.
“I personally don’t think it’ll get through the Constitutional Law Committee,” she stated to Uusi Suomi on Friday.
“And even if it did get through the Constitutional Law Committee, I don’t think it’d get through the Parliament. If the government agreed to make all the revisions, such as improving data security and notifying the EU, there would still have the problem that the [new social and health care] system wouldn’t create cost savings,” she explained.
“The services would become worse and the costs would increase. This is an issue that’s certainly causing friction within the National Coalition.”
The Finnish government, she estimated, has realised that the massive reform will not receive the necessary support but has yet to acknowledge it publicly in an attempt to save face and credibility.
“They’re somehow thinking that if the care reform didn't collapse until November or December, it’d be so close to the elections that they’d be able devise a ploy so that they don’t have to give up their ministerial portfolios,” she slammed.
The Parliament’s Social Affairs and Health Committee continued its work on the reform bill for an additional week while the rest of the parliamentary committees began their summer holidays on Monday, 2 July. Alanko-Kahiluoto said the committee was made to work an additional week in an attempt to give the impression of a government that is actively trying to push the reform over the finish line.
“But we’ve hardly been able to make any progress at the committee. We’re lacking parts of the materials that are crucial for determining whether the freedom of choice can be passed by the Constitutional Law Committee,” she said.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi