June 22, 2017: Elections 2017, Legislative and Health Policy: The start begins today
In the aftermath of the legislative elections, the presidential party obtains more than 300 seats out of the 577 in the National Assembly. 308 seats for LREM, 42 for the MoDem plus some other groups likely to join him. An absolute majority!
The Hemicycle thus offers a whole new face, a source of enthusiasm and challenges. This recomposition goes hand in hand with that of an executive (ministers and cabinets, administrations and agencies) which will count enormously in the development of reforms and health policy. At the same time because this executive will be the head, the pen and the arms that will organize the reforms, but also because it will work in connection with a National Assembly mainly composed of elected officials largely from the civil society and little experts of the constructions legislative.
Among the deputies experts in health and social security, renewal is particularly profound. On the left, tenors like Gerard Bapt (rapporteur of the last PLFSS and named “best parliamentarian” health / social last five years), Catherine Lemorton (President of the Commission of Social Affairs) or Dominique Orliac – and right, Elie Aboud, Arnaud Robinet or Jean-Pierre Barbier – are among the outgoing MPs.
If the new Commission of Social Affairs should include some experienced political figures (Olivier Veran, presumed to take the presidency of the CAS, Jean-Louis Touraine or cardiologist Jean-Pierre Door, reelected to 8 votes), the majority of elected who will decide on the PLFSS and the next health reforms will have almost no political experience.
In this context, what will be the behavior of the new majority on the next health texts? Will it consult more with civil society, patients, professionals, experts or health system actors? What channels of interaction and awareness will be transparent and effective for use by policy makers? How will the law on the moralization of public life affect these exchanges? What will be the new balance of power and the axes of the public debate of the coming months and years? Who will be the new figures, animators and catalysts, mobilized to advance in a democratic and relevant way the organization of care, the financing of Social Security and health policies?
The composition of the Social Affairs Committee and its office, which should be known on June 29, will shed light on the future five-year health policy. In the meantime, some new elected officials – like the deputies “The Republic En Marche! Julien Borowczyk and Marc Delatte, both doctors, have announced their wish to bring very specific topics – education and health prevention, status of medical professions in rural areas – into the public debate.
The success of a five-year term is often played out in the first six months, and the latter usually give an important tone to the exercise of power and future directions. A moment not to be missed for pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech or digital health industrialists, professional unions and patient representatives to be heard and participate in this new republic that is starting today!
Guillaume Bouchara, Chairman of Nextep & Sébastien Faure, Senior Manager in Public Affairs