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Reform to Public Health System/Basic Food Basket Products

By Karin Dilge | Mon, 08/22/2022 - 11:38

Reform to Public Health System. President López Obrador reported that his government is working to reform the Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE). Moreover, he assured that developments to guarantee medical attention to people without social security are presently being made.

López Obrador said his administration is working to guarantee the right to health by helping people regardless of their socioeconomic condition.

Price Increase for Basic Food Basket Products. Ricardo Sheffield, Head of the Federal Consumers’ Protection Office (PROFECO) reported that 24 products of the basic food basket that make-up the Package Against Inflation and Shortage (PACIC) have shown a price increase.

According to Grupo Consultor de Mercados Agrícolas (GCMA), during the first two weeks of August the average price of products belonging to the basic food basket had a 15.4 percent increase in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara.

PACIC has cost the government MX$574.62 billion (US$28.12 billion). The strategy has focused on a 100 percent subsidy to the Special Tax on Products and Services (STPS) on gasoline, which has cost the public treasury MX$430 billion (US$21 billion). The remaining MX$73 billion (US$3.57 billion) has been spent on residential electricity subsidies, MX$68.87 billion (US$3.37 billion) spent to control food costs and MX$2.75 billion (US$134.6 million) to freeze highway fees.

Sonora’s floods. The President has announced instructions to carry out a survey of the damages provoked by heavy rains as well as deliver additional support to those affected. .

COVID-19 Vaccines. López Obrador announced that the government will file a complaint against the United Nations (UN) for failing to deliver the requested COVID-19 vaccines at the beginning of the pandemic. He explained that the international organization owes US$75 million to Mexico worth in biological pharma that has not yet arrived.

Ayotzinapa Case. President López Obrador pointed out that the report presented by the Truth Commission on the Ayotzinapa Case does not ask for the investigation of the former president Enrique Peña Nieto nor the former Minister of Defense, Salvador Cienfuegos.

In 2014, during president Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, 43 students disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero and the government reported they were murdered by the United Warriors Cartel in Cocula. According to the past administration, it was the Iguala police who handed over the students to the criminal group. Nevertheless, since the reopening of the case, new findings incriminating Enrique Peña Nieto’s government are popping up.


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Karin Dilge Karin Dilge Journalist and Industry Analyst