Medicare: Why You Can Trust Tony Abbott
A mere 12 months ago, Tony Abbott declared that his government would be “the best friend Medicare has ever had.”
It was a commitment he also guaranteed on national television as part of his final appeal to voters to elect an Abbott government on the pledge that there would be “no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS” under the Coalition.
In his defence, Mr Abbott has previously assured “all of Australia” that he can’t be trusted to tell the truth when his lips are moving, so if Australians insist on some sort of indication that he intends to honour his commitments, then well, we really ought to get it writing.
And by Abbott’s own admission, if we don’t get it in writing well then we’ve really only got ourselves to blame.
So understandably, voters might reasonably regard his verbal assurances that he would be “Medicare’s best friend,” and that there would be “no cuts to health care,” with a degree of scepticism – an indication in itself of how low politics has sunk in this country.
However when you stand in front of a fucken great big billboard with that commitment emblazoned all over it, accompanied by your personal signature as a “written guarantee,” and be proudly photographed by the media, then I think you can reasonably expect to cop some flack for breaking that commitment.
Only yesterday Tony Abbott was explaining why the Medicare rebate cut was necessary, but today he has ditched the unpopular proposal.
Now look, I can understand that some opponents of the Abbott government may look at this recent decision as a “policy backflip,” but as the government rightly states, it’s purely the result of what it calls a “mis-information campaign.”
You see, it’s not the fact that people have mistakenly reached the conclusion that they’re going to be worse off under the scheme, it’s the fact that they haven’t realised that this is a “good thing.”
In fact, all you left wing cynics will probably argue that this latest decision is some sort of indication that the Abbott government is completely incompetent and an utter shambles, but the reality is this couldn’t be further from the truth.
When you look at the facts and ignore the hysteria emanating from the ranks of the Left, you will see that Mr Abbott is actually living up to his original commitment. “There will be no changes to Medicare,” and he’s lived up to that commitment on several occasions now – once when he dumped plans to introduce a $7 co-payment, again when he dumped plans to change it to $5, and a third time when he dumped plans to make it $20.
How much more evidence do you people want that this is an honest and competent government…??