The Executive Yuan said yesterday it does not rule out seeking a constitutional interpretation to settle the dispute with the legislature over controversial hikes in health insurance fees.
\n"If there's no other way to resolve the disputes between the two branches, we don't rule out the possibility of resorting to constitutional procedure," Cabinet Spokesman Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said.
\nLin made the remark yesterday in response to a threat by opposition lawmakers to unseat Premier Yu Shyi-kun to make him take responsibility for the contentious insurance hikes.
\nAccording to Lin, the Executive Yuan does not need the legislature's approval to increase health insurance premiums and patients' co-payment fees because the National Health Insurance Law (全民健康保險法) grants the administration the right to make the changes.
\n"We've consulted various legal experts, all of whom agree that we are authorized to modify health insurance payments unless it's clearly stipulated in the law that the change requires legislative approval," Lin said.
\nLin also said the government is not considering drafting more complete procedures for implementing the fee hikes.
\n"We'll instead provide the Control Yuan with comprehensive information about the implementation of the policy," Lin said.
\nMembers of the Control Yuan on Wednesday proposed corrective measures against the Department of Health (DOH) for inappropriate implementation of increases to national health insurance premiums and co-payment fees.
\nThe government watchdog body also told the department to draft more complete procedures within two months for implementing the program.
\nThe KMT and PFP yesterday said that Yu should step down to take responsibility for the controversy if the Cabinet fails to comply with the Control Yuan's requests.
\nThey also called for an immediate stop to implementation of the program and vowed to propose a draft amendment during the next legislative session to strip the Cabinet of its power to adjust health insurance payments.
\nTSU Legislator Su Yin-kuei (
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