Cadem Constitucional: majority values ​​option to choose administrator in health and social security

Less than 60 days remain for citizens to go to the polls on September 4 to choose between approving and rejecting the new Constitution. Cadem made a special to address, precisely, the perception of citizens on key political and economic issues of the debate, which was answered by 2,614 people via email, between April 28 and May 2.

“Public opinion against constitutional proposals” is the title of the survey, which revealed that three quarters prefer that the new Constitution establish that people will be able to choose between a public and a private entity to manage their social security and health contributions, compared to the exclusive existence of a state option. This, ad portas that this week the plenary session settles the remaining debates on social rights.

“Public opinion expects this property right to be recognized in the same way that guaranteed social rights are being recognized,” says Izikson.

The manager of Public Affairs and Quantitative Studies of Cadem, Roberto Izikson, explains that the exercise results in “the strengthening of the right that Chileans have to be able to choose”, referring precisely to social security and health.

The survey also reflects that more than 60% of the participants are inclined towards the fact that, in addition to enshrining the right to decent housing in the Magna Carta, it is specified that the State allows considering edges such as habitability, space, security and cultural relevance, among others.

In Izikson’s opinion, the support of more than 80% that had “approval” in October 2020 responds to two issues. “On the one hand having a new Constitution, born in democracy, and on the other hand the guarantee of social rights, and I believe that this right to housing is associated with that, to the fact that it is necessary for the State to guarantee certain social rights in housing, in education, health”, he points out.

Property and expropriation

An issue that economic agents have followed with special attention is that which refers to private property. The survey reveals a marked preference for the Constitution to establish a “strong property right”, and that Parliament can only establish certain restrictions and exceptions. This is complemented by the fact that the sample is more favorable to the fact that the details on expropriations are enshrined in the Magna Carta, and not at the level of law.

“Probably, what Chilean public opinion hopes is that this property right is recognized in the same way that guaranteed social rights are being recognized, which is another important yearning,” says Izikson.

The expert details that this recognition of the property right “implies that if there are going to be expropriations, they are not based on a fair price, but rather based on a price established by the market, and the forms of payment for that expropriation are duly established. ”. In his opinion, the right to property has a “double condition”. “On the one hand it is to protect my assets and on the other hand to protect entrepreneurship, private initiative, the role of the private sector in Chile’s economic model, and the freedom of people to be able to choose between different alternatives,” he underlines.

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