Swiss voters say ‘nein’ to state-run health insurance

Swiss voters say ‘nein’ to state-run health insurance

[Ed. – The French-speakers voted “oui,” but the German-speakers outvoted them.  They’re armed — and they’re keeping their private insurance.]

Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country’s all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme.

Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents.

The results also underlined the national divisions over the hotly-contested issue as the country’s German-speaking regions voted against the plan, while their French-speaking counterparts were in favour.

Switzerland’s private insurance lobby hailed the vote.

“The Swiss population does not want a single national scheme,” said the Swiss Insurance Association. …

[F]or Switzerland’s cross-party government and its right- and centre-dominated parliament, the current system has proven its mettle and is debt-free, unlike the health services of France, Italy or Britain.

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