Universal health insurance will be toxic for Ireland

Along with the medical card fiasco, anger at the cost of property taxes and water charges was the main driver of the electorate's punishment of government parties.

1st June, 2014

Along with the medical card fiasco, anger at the cost of property taxes and water charges was the main driver of the electorate’s punishment of government parties on May 23. Yet despite talk of “listening to the electorate” and “learning the lessons”, the coalition is sleep-walking into an even bigger maelstrom in the form of proposed universal health insurance (UHI).

Some time between now and the general election, the health...

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