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Premium reduction: the Dumping of the cantons

David Roth , earlier Juso-in-chief and President of the SP of Lucerne, has done his party a service: The Federal court has been approved before the week deadline, the complaint had submitted to Roth and his comrades-in-arms against the new income limit for premium subsidies in the Canton of Lucerne. The SP chief, and three Complainants (one each from an affected income category), had turned to the Federal court.

Earlier, it was set in the Canton of Lucerne, the income limit for premium subsidies to children and young adults-in-training to 54'000 Swiss francs, down – retroactive to the beginning of 2017. Families that were affected, but the money had already received, had to pay it to the Canton. Now, the Canton has to refund back the paid money to the families in turn.

Major SP victory in an election year

The SP Switzerland will beat out this victory of the Lucerne cantonal party as close as possible to capital, as they announced at the weekend. Today is Monday, you informed about the further procedure. What is certain is that 2019 is a Federal election year, and the Canton of Lucerne, selected in March, the government and the Parliament. The Federal court judgment, will serve the Left as an Argument against civil low - tax-and austerity. The tight financial Budget was given to the Canton of ever been forced the school holidays, and now the complaint from Lausanne.

More to the SP in the other cantons against the reduction of the premium reduction. If necessary, the court, as you suggested. Which cantons are likely to be affected, in addition to the Monitoring of the Federal office for health information that is created every couple of years. The involvement of the cantons in the premium reduction can be measured in different ways:

1. Premium load in percent of income

it is highest with 19 per cent in the Jura and Basel-land. Followed by Bern, Geneva, and new castle (17 percent), Zurich, Lucerne and Basel-city (16 percent) and Freiburg, Solothurn, St. Gallen and Valais (15 percent).

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2 click. Change in the premium reduction in the past years

in addition to Lucerne have reduced other cantons, the premium reduction in effect: Solothurn (lowering of the income limits for entitlement to IPV), Appenzell Ausserrhoden (recalculation of the applicable income), Appenzell Innerrhoden (increase in the deductible) and the Valais (recalculation of the relevant income, reduction in income limits).

3. The Canton's share of the premium reduction

In Nidwalden is the Federal contribution to the premium reduction of 13 million Swiss francs, the Canton of yourself will pay three million francs. This means that the Canton's share is 17 per cent of the paid Premiums. This is Switzerland, of the deepest value. Also, the Canton's share in Berne and Appenzell Innerrhoden (20 percent). It Aargau (21 percent) and Basel country (23 percent). Strong the Canton post in Nidwalden, Zug, Basel-land and Aargau has fallen.

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The Federal court had set for itself, the question is: What is an average income? And who should benefit from the individual premium reduction? The interpretation of the Canton of Lucerne does not stand up to the Federal law, stated the court. The Federal Parliament would not only lower, but also middle-income by the premium reduction benefit.

The formulation of the Lucerne cantonal court show clearly the Effort to justify the government Council for the year 2017 to 54'000 Swiss francs lower income limit, it is said in the judgment. The lower court had also pointed to the discretion of the Lucerne government, and the risk stresses that the Social and solidarity target to the pure Declaration if the income limits are continuously reduced, although the premiums are on the rise.

Other cantons should follow suit, Roth is convinced that a reduction in the Premium increase, or reduction plans.

the councillor of the issue of his actions had been, showed different Expressions in the messages to the cantonal Parliament, write to the judge in Lausanne. These Manifestations, as well as repeated references to the available funds could be expected to Finance politically motivated Changes to the income limit. These were not excluded per se, but the Act had to take place in the Federal legal framework, which had not been the case.

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SP-click President David Roth is happy about this success, Switzerland, going to far as to Herald a reversal of the trend as he thinks he is. "The Problem is that many cantons have regulated the premium reduction in a regulation. The gives you in financial difficulties as in the case of bound or legally required expenditures."

The cantons had a tendency in recent times, increasingly, to save on the premium reduction, says the 33-year-old social Democrat, sits in the Lucerne cantonal Parliament. However, this Trend had stopped, the Federal Supreme court. Other cantons should follow suit, Roth convinced that the premium reduction re-increase or reduction plans waive. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 28.01.2019, 12:06 PM

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