[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.