Shuffling of medical cards nothing but a vote-catching conjuring trick
THERE IS a technical term for that centre-stage decision to give free GP visits to children aged five and under, even as medical cards are withheld from others, including children with long-term illnesses. It is 'wackdoodle'.
Wackdoodle because it is illogical. Wackdoodle because it is divisive. Wackdoodle because it fails the fairness test. That plan to introduce another universal benefit, even as others are pared back, is among the most troubling aspects to Budget 2014.
Its impact was accentuated on Radio 1 yesterday when a mother rang 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' to tell how her family is struggling because of the pressure on medical card eligibility.