NH1 News Debates

Dec 19, 2014 5:27 AM

Dutch coalition crisis fizzles out

The Associated Press

AMSTERDAM (AP) A dispute over a health care bill that nearly caused the collapse of the Dutch government has been resolved with a compromise, though doubts remain about whether it will prove workable.

Conservative Prime Minister Mark Rutte told parliament early Friday morning that his government will tweak and resubmit the bill, which had been torpedoed Tuesday by three senators from the coalition's junior partner, the Labor Party.

The rift raised questions about whether Rutte's coalition is capable of carrying out its own legislative program.

He angered opposition parties by saying that if the bill fails again, he will attempt to implement it anyway as a policy decision. The bill would restrict patients' choice of specialists to those approved by insurers a measure intended to reduce health care costs.


--  Dealing with the Disease of Addiction? Click here for help --

More from NH1.com

NH1 News Debates
NH1 News Replay

NH1 on Twitter

NH1 SkyView Cameras

NH1 on Facebook

Check out NH1 News Rail Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome