After twelve hours of discussion, the Seventh Committee of the House of Representatives approved 117 articles of the controversial government healthcare reform, which, among others, approved ADRs as sole payers, direct transfers to IPS and changes to EPS, Whose name will be changed to Health. and life manager.
The Project Co-ordinating Spokesperson expressed his satisfaction following the progress, which represents 85% in this first debate, indicating that it is the result of dialogues carried out by the coalition and government with various political parties such as the U and the U. Liberals, who ultimately supported most of the initiatives.
“This coincides with the intense work of so many weeks, to specify the fundamental agreements that we were developing with the national government a few months ago. Mondragón said, “U.A. The agreements we have reached with many of our colleagues from the Liberal Party, we have managed to agree on the central issues of the reform are very important about the change that the reform will bring.
On the opposition side, he criticized that the article had not been revised, despite criticism from political parties, which eventually ended up supporting the project, insisting that it was ‘desk’.
“It must be said that despite the firewalls that the traditional parties had assumed, the reform has not resulted in substantive amendments, so far no articles have been rejected and the amendments that have been made are strictly cosmetic. Unfortunately, they condemning us to an expensive state monopoly and they are destroying the health insurance system in Colombia,” said Andres Foro, representative of the Democratic Center.
He stated that, although “we are going to be defeated in the commission, we will continue to fight to the fullest and if this becomes law of the republic we will naturally go before the Constitutional Court because we feel that apart from being a illegitimate and inconvenient reform, it is fraught with procedural maladies”.
Conservatives were in line with the decision made by the bench, which was announced by the community’s president, Efrain Cepeda, not to support the project, so they voted against it.