The occupation of various ministries in the future federal government is apparently in place. But at the Ministry of Health, this can take a while. For reasons.
Munich / Berlin – Olaf Scholz answers the question about the Ministry of Health * in his own way of pronouncing several sentences without saying anything. The SPD will prepare the decision as to who will take over the department, and in the end the reporter will “see a good solution”. Aha. Translated, that should mean: We don’t yet know who we’re going to tie this to.
Because while there were several hot candidates for other ministries (finance, transport) *, the question has repeatedly arisen in recent weeks which traffic light politician should actually inherit Jens Spahn (CDU). One could think that in the midst of a pandemic, the health department * would be a hotly contested key department.
Lauterbach? Ministry of Health is likely to have gained influence
Tests, vaccinations, possible new drugs – this is where the weapons against the virus are forged. In addition, the house has been gaining influence since 2020. And in the future, too, the status should be greater than before Corona. After all, it is also about arming yourself against future epidemics.
But at the same time, the resort has long been considered a shark tank. The winding paths of the health care system are too opaque, where a scandal can unexpectedly pop up at any point and drag the minister down with it. Too powerful are the highly praised actors – doctors, hospitals, health insurances – with whom you have to deal and who, on top of that, manage themselves.
Industry expert Spahn also stumbled in the Corona crisis
It is true that the still managing minister Spahn serves as a good example of how a politician can assert oneself in this environment. But Spahn came into office as a proven industry expert – when Corona then mixed up the rules of the game, he too stumbled over sleepy vaccination orders and citizen tests promised too early.
Anyone who may have been interested in the front row of the Greens should have been deterred by Spahn’s failure at the latest. Nobody in the FDP * wanted the department anyway, after it was not exactly a career springboard for two liberal ministers (first Philipp Rösler, then Daniel Bahr) during the last government participation (2009 to 2013). What remains is the SPD *, which has now also got the house. But the question is still open: Who does it?
Lauterbach wins many fans – especially among proponents of a cautious corona policy
If you ask the social network Twitter, you get a clearer answer than from Scholz. The hashtag #wirwollenkarl has been promoting the SPD man Karl Lauterbach *, who is himself an avid twitterer and perhaps an avid talk show guest, for weeks. The epidemiologist has blossomed from a niche politician into one of the most sought-after pandemic explainers in the country since 2020.
He has many supporters, especially among the representatives of a cautious Corona course. Only: Lauterbach doesn’t have that many fans in the SPD. In his own party he is regarded as a stubborn guy who is difficult to work with. He is also not very popular with the coalition partner FDP. And the fact that he’s a man on top of that doesn’t increase his chances.
Bas falls out as President of the Bundestag – Scholz is probably playing for time
Bärbel Bas – also a recognized health expert – would have better cards. But since she recently became President of the Bundestag, she is out of the running. In the end, the Saxon Minister of Health Petra Köpping could be chosen. The previous Environment Minister Svenja Schulze is also mentioned.
Karl Lauterbach * had repeatedly emphasized in the past few months that he had the confidence to do the department. At “RTL Direkt” he said: “I’ve been in this field for a long time, so it would be a surprise if I basically didn’t want to do that. But there are others who can do that, this is not about me. “
One thing is clear: it will take a while before the decision is made. Scholz wants to wait for the coalition agreement to be confirmed by his party. (Sebastian Horsch) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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