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The Tories' plans to smash the NHS

brian_eggleston
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5/26/2011 12:17:07 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Until 1945, health care in Britain had been founded on insurance-based schemes as most people could not afford to pay for medical bills. The creation of the National Health Service (NHS) under a Labour Government changed this, and medical care became free at the point of use and based on need rather than on ability to pay. It was then, and remains to this day, 100 per cent financed from taxation, which means the rich contribute more than the poor.

The Conservative Party (informally the Tory Party) has always furthered the interests of big business and high net worth individuals ahead of those of the general populace and has always despised the NHS on principle. The Tories' wealthy supporters have always made private provisions for their health care and they deeply resent poorer people receiving medical treatment, as they see it, at their expense.

That's why the Conservative-led Government has begun the process of systematically dismantling the NHS with a view to placing the cost of health care on the individual rather than the state - and to make cuts in income and capital gains tax as a way of compensating citizens for the additional financial burden that private health insurance will place upon them.

The trouble with this notion is that not all individuals are able to afford adequate health insurance. Furthermore, people living the in the poorest areas of the country have the most health problems and the shortest life expectancy and would, therefore, face the highest insurance premiums.

And to add insult to injury, literally, those who are unable to work because they are too old or too sick to work will face massive insurance premiums but will have no income to pay them.

The Tories will, no doubt, argue that charities will pick up these people's health bills, but we are talking about tens of billions of pounds of additional charitable giving every year – no Government can rely on that level of increase in the public's generosity – so clearly the net result will be the most financially-disadvantaged and vulnerable members will suffer to allow the Tory's to cut taxes for the rich.

That's why it is so important that the British public rise up against the Tories draconian and Machiavellian plans to smash NHS and fight their "reforms" tooth and nail.
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5/26/2011 12:57:56 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 5/26/2011 12:17:07 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
Until 1945, health care in Britain had been founded on insurance-based schemes as most people could not afford to pay for medical bills. The creation of the National Health Service (NHS) under a Labour Government changed this, and medical care became free at the point of use and based on need rather than on ability to pay. It was then, and remains to this day, 100 per cent financed from taxation, which means the rich contribute more than the poor.

The Conservative Party (informally the Tory Party) has always furthered the interests of big business and high net worth individuals ahead of those of the general populace and has always despised the NHS on principle. The Tories' wealthy supporters have always made private provisions for their health care and they deeply resent poorer people receiving medical treatment, as they see it, at their expense.

That's why the Conservative-led Government has begun the process of systematically dismantling the NHS with a view to placing the cost of health care on the individual rather than the state - and to make cuts in income and capital gains tax as a way of compensating citizens for the additional financial burden that private health insurance will place upon them.

The trouble with this notion is that not all individuals are able to afford adequate health insurance. Furthermore, people living the in the poorest areas of the country have the most health problems and the shortest life expectancy and would, therefore, face the highest insurance premiums.

And to add insult to injury, literally, those who are unable to work because they are too old or too sick to work will face massive insurance premiums but will have no income to pay them.

The Tories will, no doubt, argue that charities will pick up these people's health bills, but we are talking about tens of billions of pounds of additional charitable giving every year – no Government can rely on that level of increase in the public's generosity – so clearly the net result will be the most financially-disadvantaged and vulnerable members will suffer to allow the Tory's to cut taxes for the rich.

That's why it is so important that the British public rise up against the Tories draconian and Machiavellian plans to smash NHS and fight their "reforms" tooth and nail.

While I do agree with you Brian, the introduction of private investment in the NHS has been going on since Thatcher, continued under New Labour and now the ConDem govt want to systematically destroy the best thing about Britain today. It's not the start of a process, merely the continuation of one going on since the 1980s.

The thing that really annoys me is that the tories were elected promising not to tamper with it, yet the reforms are recognised by various interest groups as introducing competition into the NHS. I've never been an advocate of scottish independence, but if Cameron goes through with this, the £18bn in welfare and the decimation of public services, I will be voting for it, to keep the tories out for good up here.

As someone who works for my local council, the cuts right now for the disabled, the sick and the elderly are signalling Armageddon, with those already living impoverished lives paying for bank bailouts, royal weddings and the corruption of the political class with expenses.
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5/26/2011 3:27:47 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Sweet. The insulation of the NHS from the budget made no sense. Yall dont wanna be Greece anytime soon right?
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5/31/2011 7:24:09 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 5/26/2011 12:17:07 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
Until 1945, health care in Britain had been founded on insurance-based schemes as most people could not afford to pay for medical bills. The creation of the National Health Service (NHS) under a Labour Government changed this, and medical care became free at the point of use and based on need rather than on ability to pay. It was then, and remains to this day, 100 per cent financed from taxation, which means the rich contribute more than the poor.

The Conservative Party (informally the Tory Party) has always furthered the interests of big business and high net worth individuals ahead of those of the general populace and has always despised the NHS on principle. The Tories' wealthy supporters have always made private provisions for their health care and they deeply resent poorer people receiving medical treatment, as they see it, at their expense.

That's why the Conservative-led Government has begun the process of systematically dismantling the NHS with a view to placing the cost of health care on the individual rather than the state - and to make cuts in income and capital gains tax as a way of compensating citizens for the additional financial burden that private health insurance will place upon them.

The trouble with this notion is that not all individuals are able to afford adequate health insurance. Furthermore, people living the in the poorest areas of the country have the most health problems and the shortest life expectancy and would, therefore, face the highest insurance premiums.

And to add insult to injury, literally, those who are unable to work because they are too old or too sick to work will face massive insurance premiums but will have no income to pay them.

The Tories will, no doubt, argue that charities will pick up these people's health bills, but we are talking about tens of billions of pounds of additional charitable giving every year – no Government can rely on that level of increase in the public's generosity – so clearly the net result will be the most financially-disadvantaged and vulnerable members will suffer to allow the Tory's to cut taxes for the rich.

That's why it is so important that the British public rise up against the Tories draconian and Machiavellian plans to smash NHS and fight their "reforms" tooth and nail.

You realise the wealth of the top 10% of this nation more than doubled under Labour? The gap between rich and poor was bigger in 1978 than in 1996, and bigger in 2008 than in 1996? Labour has no desire to help the poor, it taxes them then gives them benefits as if to say 'look how wonderful we are'. Labour needs the poor to gain power, to pull them out of poverty is not one of their priorities. Money spent on 2 wars could have done a lot to help, but they have different priorities, obviously. Not to mention being in bed with big business', something they slammed the Tories for doing when in power. Hypocrites. Labour spent 13 years spending more money than we had coming in in taxes, at what point were they going to wake up and live by the same financial model that us working class have to do (Not to spend more than you have)? The current government has ring fenced NHS spending! Just a hatred for a party that is different to your own it would seem.

Labour is also supported by Unions, whose leaders are paid more than the PM. Hmmmmm, not all hunky dory in Labour land is it Brian.
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