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October 29, 2008   
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The ruling Civic Platform (PO)-Polish People's Party (PSL) coalition has won the parliamentary round of the healthcare reform battle, having pushed through its six bills. But when, or even if, the package will ever come into force is anybody's guess.

President Lech Kaczyński, whose twin brother Jarosław heads the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party, has flagged his intention to veto the bills. The president is even trying to organize a referendum on privatizing public hospitals, although he has little hope of talking the PO-PSL- dominated Senate around. But he may not need to. The coalition is nearly 40 lower house votes short of being able to override any presidential veto unless it can enlist the support of leftist deputies. The latter, however, are making demands that the PO will be either unwilling or unable to meet.

The Polish economy will continue to outstrip those of most EU countries, even if the global financial crisis slows development down, according to economists. The government predicts that GDP will grow 4.8 percent next year. Independent analysts are a little more cautious, estimating 4 percent, which still dwarfs the paltry EU 0.6 percent average. Poland's central bank says there is no reason to panic but the financial markets are showing early signs of doing just that. Stock exchange indexes are plummeting and the zloty has nosedived.
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