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Wednesday September 17th 2008, 7:00 am

Xenophon to oppose Medicare bill

Independent senator Nick Xenophon says he will not support the federal government’s proposed increase to the Medicare surcharge levy income threshold.


The government expects 600,000 people to drop out of private health insurance if the bill goes through, he said.

Wouldn’t someone please remind me exactly why a country with a national healthcare system even HAS private health care and insurance available? Doesn’t one undermine the other?

If 600,000 people drop out of private health cover, perhaps the government will find some motivation to properly fund the public health system.


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