President Cyril Ramaphosa has been asked by the Western Cape government not to sign the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill into law.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to sign the bill into law at the Union Buildings in Pretoria today, according to the Presidency.

The commercial sector and political parties have opposed the law.
Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, claims the NHI is unworkable, expensive to maintain and unconstitutional.

“The Western Cape Government remains deeply concerned with the Bill in its current form. It requires substantial amendments. We believe that the Bill as it stands currently is unconstitutional and will prove to be unaffordable and impractical. We firmly believe that it will not achieve its purpose of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which our citizens deserve. I appeal to the President to refer the Bill back to Parliament for reconsideration, in terms of Section 79 of the Constitution,” said Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde.

 

Done by: Esobusi Mkangelwa

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