Willie Jackson Refuses To Die Waiting

01 August 2008 22:50:00

Libertarianz spokesman Richard McGrath sent his party’s best wishes to broadcaster and former Alliance MP Willie Jackson, who earlier in the week had coronary bypass surgery performed at Mercy Hospital in Auckland.

“We applaud Willie and his family, who opted to have this operation done in the private sector, rather than risking death waiting for the same surgery in a public hospital,” said Dr McGrath.

“It is, of course, rather ironic that Willie was once an MP for the far-left Alliance Party, which championed a second-rate chain of under-maintained hospitals that rationed out health care, causing needless deaths for which no bureaucrat or politician was ever made accountable. Whatever would comrades Laila Harre, Phyllida Bunkle and Chris Trotter think of Willie now?”

Dr McGrath asked why every New Zealander who needs urgent surgery shouldn’t have access to care in the private sector.

“The reason many Kiwis can’t afford to do this is because half their income is taken from them in tax. They can’t afford to pay for surgery or even purchase private health insurance.”

“A Libertarianz government would immediately let New Zealanders keep the first $50,000 of their income, and GST would be gone by lunchtime, so that health insurance would be affordable for everyone,” added Dr McGrath. “Within five years the whole rotten, thieving Inland Revenue Department would be completely dismantled.”

“If elected, we would set up medical savings accounts for all New Zealanders, which would allow people to choose what level of health insurance they wanted, removing the element of compulsion after five years so that people could manage these accounts themselves.”

“Willie Jackson has chosen well – socialized medicine kills, and Willie wasn’t ready to die just yet. He chose to live. Every New Zealander should have that choice. It’s enough to make you vote Libertarianz!”

ENDS

For more information contact:

Dr Richard McGrath

Libertarianz Health Spokesman

MB ChB DipObst PGCertTravMed

Phone: 027 322 2907

Email: [email protected]

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