After seven hours of negotiation reaching late into the night, nobody in the Merkel government could go fifty-fifty any further so they reached a completely laughable cop-out compromise on the health system â€œreformâ€ which saved the current grand coalition government (as in grand theftÂ auto) – at least for the moment. In other words, the SPD won.
Clearly unable to do anything about the old bureaucracy, they created a new one instead. They will call this new monster the â€œcentral federal health fundâ€ and it will be nothing other than a REALLY BIG band-aid which will be applied with pressure upon the gaping wound of the old system, should it have any more blood to lose by then (2009).
This is a first step to â€œstreamlineâ€ the system, we are told, and will most certainly lead to bringing down the 14 percent of salary German insurers now have to pay for health care (and the employers have to match that) and will eventually bring down the 140 billion euros a year the monstrous bureaucracy burns upÂ (with an ever aging population) and as soon as the good fairies clap their hands there will be a loud â€œpoofâ€ and the Lorelei Rock will turn into gold.
â€œBreakthroughsâ€ like these are necessary here in Germany from time to time in order to keep certain lebensnotwendige (indispensable) myths going. No, not the Lorelei one, in this case itâ€™s the one they like to call â€œsolidarityâ€.
That the current system is already extinct and doesnâ€™t know it yet and that everybody is already losing under the current form of solidarity doesnâ€™t really matter. A compromise was reached and thatâ€™s always a good thing. Isnâ€™t it?
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