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Deeble is wrong on PHI

Comments on John Deeble “Health insurance rebate changes won't hurt”, 24/08/2011, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/health-insurance-rebate-changes-wont-hurt/story-e6frg6zo-1226120746949
John Deeble, though architect of Medicare, is using arguments that are out of date and out of appropriate context.
The argument of the "capacity to pay principle" is misleading at best. One should not ignore the fact that the private health insurance has been forced to many people by government and is not their own voluntary choices.
Even taking the point of Deeble's equity argument, there should be at most a ceiling of subsidy to a family, adjusted by the number of people in a household covered by the insurance.
On the contrary, Deeble simply spreads and propagates the government' point of view and argument that is neither equitable nor fair by any reasonable standard.
His thinking of Medicare principle should have moved on to beyond simple equity measurement and realise and acknowledge the fact that higher income people contribute to a higher share of Medicare contribution per person and in return to receive the same medical services from public hospitals.
The proposed reform by the government masks its out of date ideology and targets many people unfairly just like the payments related to its proposed carbon tax that ignores the fundamental rights of everyone equally to a better environment and is used by the government for income redistribution purpose that is appalling and should not be passed to law.

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