Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2013

Pensioners disappointed with Parliament

PensionersWILLEMSTAD – The recent public meeting dealing with the subject of Basic Medical Insurance ended in the late hours of the evening. Many pensioners, who were present during that meeting, went home disappointed because Parliament did not approve the motions for change in the insurance. In fact, the motions were rejected by a majority.

With eleven votes against and ten votes for the motions, they were rejected by the members of Parliament supporting the coalition. The meeting was requested by the opposition parties MAN, MFK and PAR and independent member Omayra Leeflang. The parties believe that changes must be made quickly because the pensioners went backwards financially since the law came into force in February.

Rudi Saez, representing the twelve pensioners’ action groups, is very disappointed and feels powerless. “I'm 'down' and do not really know what to say. The parliament has not even taken the opportunity to offer us a helping hand,” Saez said. “Gerrit Schotte (MFK) has even shown a letter from the the government lawyers, in which they advise the government to remove the law. No one in Parliament knew of this letter. Minister Ben Whiteman (Health) has ignored this letter and has done nothing done.”

The twelve groups will meet on Monday at the ABVO building and will discuss the situation. “At present, the doors to the court of justice are opened. During the meeting we will decide what steps we can take,” said Saez.

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