The Senate with a right-wing majority examines Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at first reading the bills on social debt, weighed down by the coronavirus, and on autonomy, wanting the establishment of a ” Golden Rule “ to frame future social security funding laws.
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 “Hole of the Safely”, after the coronavirus, and are planning a new branch devoted to the loss of autonomy.
Twenty amendments have been tabled for examination at first reading in the Senate Chamber and the left will defend two motions for rejection, considering that it is up to the State to bear the burden of the debt. “Exceptional” resulting from the Covid-19 epidemic.
“An essentially real estate debt”
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 hospital debt (for 13 billion euros), believing that the State should assume the burden.
“It is essentially a real estate debt”, explained the rapporteur. “We dispute the fact that health insurance must finance the walls of the hospital”.
The government has tabled amendments in an attempt to restore the original text, saying, according to the explanatory memorandum, that “Removing this debt recovery would call into question a strong government commitment, announced in November 2019 as part of the hospital emergency plan”.
5th branch validated
The Social Affairs Committee also wished to set up, from the end of the current crisis, a ” Golden Rule “, which will frame future social security funding laws.
From 2025, each of these laws will have to balance Social Security accounts over five years. Sustained ” without reservation “ by the LR group, this provision is however disputed by the CRCE group with a communist majority, which sees it “An additional step towards health accounting management”.
In terms of autonomy, the committee validated the principle of creating a 5th branch, while expressing “Strong doubts as to the advisability of such a creation even before the delivery of the conclusions of the report that the government must submit to Parliament by September 15”.
The subject is debated. “The autonomy project 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”, judged Yves Daudigny (PS), while Laurence Cohen indicated that the CRCE group was not “Not in favor of 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.