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SVP says no to premium relief initiative

Updated at 23 Mar 2024 2:50 pm

As expected, the SVP Switzerland voted against the SP's premium relief initiative on Saturday.

The initiative demands that insured persons must spend a maximum of ten percent of their disposable income on health insurance premiums. If this limit is exceeded, the federal government and cantons would have to step in with premium reductions - with the federal government covering at least two thirds.

The SVP has long been sounding the alarm about the loss of purchasing power and has campaigned tirelessly against a tax policy that reduces the purchasing power of the population, said National Councillor and SVP Vice-President Céline Amaudruz.

The SP's current initiative is "another false idea that joins the long list of new taxes for the middle classes. The initiative, which seems tempting at first glance, will lead to hidden costs, job losses and price increases.

The party executive had recommended that delegates vote against the proposal. The SVP base clearly followed this proposal by 321 votes to 9 and adopted the "no" position.

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