Wednesday 22 November 2017

Health insurance genie will not go back in the bottle

Failure to give the UHI proposal a proper burial could haunt the Coalition, writes John Drennan

Minister for Health, James Reilly
Minister for Health, James Reilly
John Drennan

John Drennan

OVER recent weeks, as 'Dear Leader' Enda basks in the silent applause of the citizenry, sometimes it has appeared to be the case that the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has been the only fly in Kenny's political soup.

If only it were thus. For though the conflict over Universal Health Insurance has been somewhat more subterranean, ultimately the bristling grandiloquence of the health minister and his UHI proposal poses a far greater long-term threat to the 'boss-man' than the theatrics surrounding his justice minister.

Such is the delicacy surrounding Dr Reilly's great folly, the smiling Labour ministers who talked about "Dr Reilly's discussion document" were not trying to make the UHI thing vanish.

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