The Abbott Government’s health policy is now a complete shambles, with new minister Sussan Ley announcing the second major change to the GP Tax policy in a month.
Despite backing down on their savage cut to the Medicare rebate, the Government has recommitted to its GP Tax.
This latest shambles shows Tony Abbott cannot be trusted with Medicare.
The only way to defeat the GP Tax is to defeat the Abbott Government.
Just one month ago Minister Ley’s failed predecessor replaced his ‘to be legislated’ GP Tax with a GP Tax through the backdoor, before fleeing the portfolio.
And only yesterday Tony Abbott was insisting the new GP Tax by stealth would not be abandoned.
Today’s embarrassing backflip is a big win for patients, and a victory for all those who support Labor in standing up for our universal health system.
But it’s clear, yet again, that the Abbott Government is only acting because it has been forced to by Labor’s refusal to bend in our defence of Medicare.
Labor believes all Australians should get the health care they need, not just what they can afford.
We believe the health care of any one of us should matter to all of us.
Only Labor will protect Medicare.
Labor built Medicare we won’t let Tony Abbott destroy it.
Only Labor will protect ordinary Australian families from Tony Abbott’s attempt to wreck Medicare and push up health costs for people already under financial pressure.