New stormy session in the National Assembly, where the deputies examine this July 22 the bill which should extend the health pass and impose vaccination on caregivers. The opposition continues to vote against the project.
On July 22, the National Assembly began the second day of the examination of the contested bill which should extend the health pass and make vaccination compulsory for caregivers. The electric atmosphere of the July 21 meeting was still present in the Chamber and the opposition did not fail to defend its amendments – more than 1,200 were tabled – and to challenge the government project.
Faced with the increase in cases linked to the Delta variant, the government hopes to have its project adopted by the end of the weekend, after four days of parliamentary debates. But on July 22, there were still nearly 650 amendments to consider and the stormy atmosphere was slowing their consideration.
It is moreover one of these amendments which created the surprise by being adopted by parliamentarians against the advice of the government. The deputies thus rejected the use of the health pass for visitors or non-emergency patients in hospitals, desired by the executive.
It is necessary to preserve the right to care whatever the health conditions and whatever the patient’s vaccination status.
The debate on this amendment should probably be relaunched during the parliamentary shuttle. The deputy of La France insoumise (LFI) Caroline Fiat underlined the difficulty of asking families for health passes to come to the bedside of the sick. “It is necessary to preserve the right to care whatever the sanitary conditions and whatever the vaccination status of the patient”, underlined for his part the deputy Les Républicains (LR) Philippe Benassaya.
“What is the consistency of the health pass, non-existent for the metro or company restaurants, but compulsory for the TGV and classic restaurants?”, Denounced for his part Marine Le Pen, president of the National Rally, while insisting on its desire that minors be excluded from the health pass.
The mess, the bitch, the mess
On the issue of the sanitary pass in transport, the leader of La France insoumise (LFI) Jean-Luc Mélenchon, for his part, expressed his concern about a “permanent control company” while vituperating against this project which according to him brings “the mess, the bait, the disorder”.
Discussions also focused on the risks of dismissal for employees forced to work with a health pass. The left did not fail to make its voice heard to denounce this risk. Thus, the LFI deputy François Ruffin stormed by asserting: “We must measure the rage that you risk triggering in those who will not have an appointment on time or who will risk dismissal.”
You are organizing a hunt for the poor!
LFI deputy Alexis Corbière even exclaimed: “You are organizing a hunt for the poor!”
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, president of Debout la France, also expressed his concern by declaring: “You will give a bonus to those who will denounce, to those who will control, to denouncing”
For its part, the majority continues to unite despite the opposition to the project of the deputy for La République Marche (LREM) who had expressed his concerns and doubts about the bill on July 21: “I fear that we are getting used to which seemed unimaginable to us just a few weeks ago. ” We could also hear the deputy Stella Dupont of the presidential majority declare: “We need flexibility in this text.”
“There is an urgent need to legislate”, insisted the Minister of Health Olivier Véran before trying to reassure: “We will apply (the health pass) the necessary, sufficient, minimum time! […] We’re not here to piss people off. ”