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BERN, SwitzerlandSwiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal for a single health insurer.
In the March 11 ballot, 71% of voters were against the proposal to establish one state-run insurer to replace the 87 that now write the coverage.
Voting against the proposal was heaviest in the German-speaking part of the country with opposition lighter in the French and Italian-speaking regions.
The initiative made it onto the ballot after the left-leaning Mouvement Populaire des Familles collected 110,000 signatures to force the vote. The group claimed the current system is too costly and wanted it replaced by a single insurer that would base premiums on wealth and income.
Health insurance is mandatory for Swiss residents.