Wow, The Standard have really outdone themselves in their weekly roundup.
At the election, National won a mandate for its platform to review the Work Account of ACC, to see whether privatisation might make it better.
I doubt that anyone thinks they’re not going to – after all, it’s been their policy since ACC was last given competition from the private sector.
Of course, we know that they’re not interested in the findings of any fair review, which would show ACC is a worldleading, cheap, efficient system that would be wrecked by privatisation.
Well, Labour certainly weren’t interested in the benefits from what National did last time…
Lacking the mandate to just go ahead and privatise the thing,
Funny, I thought a mandate was exactly what they had, what with winning the election with the largest ever party vote and all…
giving a bonanza to their insurance industry pals,
Oh yes, those evil capitalists might end up with some money, rather than it being wasted by useless bureaucrats.
National/ACT is trying to spin up a crisis around ACC.
And now we enter the strange world that is the left’s view of the world…
It spent this week trying to tell us ACC is in trouble,
Since when are looming shortfalls adding up to billions of dollars not indicative of something being in trouble exactly?
threatening us with higher levies,
Um, there is money missing – not there. I’m sure Labour’s plan involved a lot of fairy dust, but others of us live in the real world!
all to get people annoyed with ACC
Personally, I’d love to be in a world where people were not annoyed with ACC! People get annoyed with ACC when it screws them around with compensation and treatment and that’s been happening for years.
Not supplying the corporation with enough money is the fault of the previous government, and that’s where people are going to get annoyed when their levies rise, because it will come out of their pay packet.
and soften the ground for privatisation (even though privatisation is in no way, shape, or form an answer to the costs coming from ACC’s reserves being hit by the credit crisis).
Given that National’s policy for ACC has never been anything but using private providers since over 10 years ago, how soft exactly are the public supposed to get?
Never mind that the account that first came up (and this stupid line was used on) is not, and will probably never be privatised.
Conveniently too, this ACC beat-up distracted the media from asking any hard questions of Key’s handling of the Thailand situation
Yes, those hard, 3am phone calls about people stuck on a beach for an extra week because they’d rather wait for a plane than take a bus. Oh, the humanity, Key failed at his first real test, failed to avert this horrible, horrible tragedy! Why have there not been photos of the boddies that have not piled up anywhere on the front pages of our newspaper? The hard questions must be asked about these suntans, and travel insurance claims! Key must be held responsible!
or taking a closer look at the tax package National will be ramming through when Parliament sits next week
Yea, because like ACC, that idea that National might cut tax only slipped out yesterday by accident, rather than being National policy since… forever.
Oh, one more thing:
For the sake of the hundreds of Kiwis stranded in Thailand, can’t John just spare us the dithering and let Phil Goff handle the crisis?
Hm, if Goff is so good, why was Winston foreign minister? And why did the planes needed to move these people get sent overseas during the tenure of the last government to be refitted at the same time?
Yes, National have failed their first rigged test. I expect the experts in these things will judge them pretty much the same way over the next 3 years.
Plenty of rigged tests to fail yet.