Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Keeping Medibank private public

I notice that in the United States one of the four key planks of Barack Obama’s health insurance proposals is that there be a government-run insurance plan competing with private insurers to help hold down costs. Without such a public organisation the belief among Democrats is that the free enterprise way would result in excessive premiums. How strange then that within the Australian Labor Party the push continued until the eve of this week’s national conference to allow the sale of Medibank Private, the government owned insurer that I’m sure has played an important role in keeping premiums down.
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