Posted On 23 Jun 2017
Former President Rafael Correa has questioned this afternoon the decision of the National Audit Office to establish a debt of 2 878 million dollars owed by the Government to the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security, which was not recognized by his government.
“Do you know where the” debt “comes from?” Correa tweeted. “From the privatization law of 2001, which” established “that retirees health care, as well as catastrophic illnesses, had to be paid by the Central Government! This is as absurd as making a law that says that the IESS has to pay the wages of the teachers. The health care of retirees is not only inherent to the IESS, it is one of its foundations.
And he added: “Why were these barbarities made? For the state to pay the most expensive, while the profitable part was taken by the private companies. But today there are people happy for this new “triumph,” which would also cost the government, that is, all Ecuadorians, about USD 500 million per year. It is the form of certain IESS officials to “finance” the institution, not generating resources, but unbalancing other sectors.
And he concludes: “It should be noted that the law, which should be unconstitutional, does not even have a regulation to quantify “the debt.” But those who speak of excessive spending, public deficit and indebtedness, are those who defend these aberrations. With that kermesse policy, we will never come out of underdevelopment.” (I)