Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2013: Order for Second Stage

Bill entitled an Act to amend the Health Insurance Act 1994 to specify the amount of the hospital bed utilisation credit applicable from 1 March 2014; to amend that Act to specify the amount of premium to be paid from the risk equalisation fund, in respect of certain classes of insured persons, from 1 March 2014; to make certain other amendments to that Act; to make consequential amendments to the Stamp Duties Consolidation Act 1999; and to provide for related matters.

I move: "That Second Stage be taken now."

The Health Insurance Authority, HIA, is due to publish a detailed analysis of the health insurance market on 18 December. Would it not be more appropriate to debate the Bill when the HIA has issued its report, which will contain detailed information on the health insurance market and the difficulties relating to same?

I have given the Deputy some latitude but I do not intend to continue in that vein.

If the Deputy sits down, I will address that matter during the course of my Second Stage speech.

I could oppose the Order for Second Stage.

This is a democracy.

Is it agreed that Second Stage be taken now?

It is not agreed.

Question put and declared carried.

As the Opposition has conceded, we will proceed to Second Stage.

We were defeated; we did not concede.

We will not go that far. Perhaps "vanquished" would be a better word to describe it.