Mediscare could have unintended consequences

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 24 2018 - 12:10pm, first published July 6 2016 - 11:45am

In an at-times peevish post-election speech on Saturday night, the Prime Minister singled out "an extraordinary act of dishonesty" by Labor as the reason for the big swing against the Coalition – thereby ensuring that 2016 will be recalled long after as the year of the "Mediscare" poll. The speech was widely characterised as ungracious, but no one's rebutted Mr Turnbull's suggestion that Labor's campaign warning the Liberals would "privatize" Medicare was a highly effective vote-changer. Some commentators have even concluded that a shell-shocked Coalition will shy away from efforts to make healthcare delivery more efficient and cost-effective.

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