Old age: the majority draws a bill

Along the promenade of Villers-sur-Mer (Calvados), June 19, 2022.

This October 13, Emmanuel Macron invited the Macronist deputies of the Social Affairs Committee to a breakfast at the Elysée. The Head of State takes notes while listening to Fadila Khattabi, president (Renaissance) of the commission, affirm that there is an urgency to “send a strong signal to our eldersespecially after the Orpea scandal. We would like to legislate on the basis of work from our ranks in the National Assembly, which has been on the table for a long time”. ” You’re right !, agrees Emmanuel Macron. Go for it ! »

The instruction has just ended. The presidents of the three majority groups, Renaissance MoDem and Horizons, tabled a bill on Wednesday, December 7 “aimed at building a society of aging well in France”. The text is co-signed by several Macronist deputies including Mme Khattabi.

By taking the initiative to put an old age law on the job, the majority is trying to make people forget Mr. Macron’s broken promise to bring a major law on dependency under his first five-year term. Several bills, tabled by the majority in 2021, had been shelved in the hope of a “big night” which did not take place. No more question, therefore, of remaining the weapon at the foot.

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“A rich and multidimensional text”

“Our desire was to bring a bill from the start of the second five-year term”, says Annie Vidal, MP (Renaissance) for Seine-Maritime, instigator and linchpin of the “aging well” bill. Mmy Vidal and Khattabi very quickly agreed to put back on the job the bills that remained dead letters to make a synthesis. Here they are recycled in the text tabled on December 7.

Its main themes are the prevention of loss of autonomy, the fight against abuse, the cost of stays in nursing homes. “We ended up with a rich and multidimensional text”, welcomes Astrid Panosyan-Bouvet, deputy (Renaissance) of Paris, responsible for coordinating the drafting.

Jean-Christophe Combe, Minister for Solidarity, Autonomy and People with Disabilities, was involved in the content of the text which has just been tabled. This “parliamentary initiative is welcome. It creates a dynamic and shows that the subject of aging well is a priority for the majority and that it has worked on it”, he congratulates himself.

The text provides him with an ideal landing ground to translate into action the proposals of the National Council for Refoundation (CNR) devoted to “aging well” which ends in May. “The proposals that will emerge from the CNR will be able to enrich the bill, he predicts. The examination of the text could begin in the National Assembly from the beginning of 2023. Work in the Social Affairs Committee is scheduled for February.

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