Let's be blunt, John Key's prescription increase will cost lives
Meds price hike: 'Children will die'
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says proposed increases to the cost of prescriptions "will lead to children dying".
Prescription charges will be raised from $3 to $5 next year in a move critics say will disproportionately affect lower-income groups, the elderly and the chronically ill.
So our most vulnerable will die because we won't raise taxes on the rich to subsidize medicine?
That's pretty ugly.
It's made weird by these cuts being green lighted by a multi-millionaire worth anywhere between $50million-$200million. Such ruthless economic darwinism from a leader as vacantly optimistic as John Key gives me the creeps. He's like a homicidal version of Johnny Depp's 'Willy Wonka' with the free market consultants playing the part of the oompa loompas.
The bleakness of policy like this, to almost double the cost of prescriptions for medicines just seems like State sanctioned cruelty.
Is this really what we've become just to save the rich from having to pay more tax?