Baillie calls on McNeil to immediately halt changes to the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program
January 29, 2016
For immediate release
HALIFAX, NS – Today, Progressive Conservative Party leader Jamie Baillie is launching a petition calling on the Liberal government to immediately halt its changes to the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program go back to the drawing board.
“Right across Nova Scotia seniors at all income levels fear they will be worse off. The Liberals’ changes, their purpose and the likely impacts keep changing by the day. If the program is not more sustainable and fairer, then it’s time to just stop,” says Baillie. “Seniors are rightfully angry. They built this province and deserve better.”
Baillie questions how seniors can ever trust this government again?
“They tried to sneak through a 19 per cent rate hike, taking millions out of the pockets of seniors,” says Baillie. “The Liberals thought seniors would just accept what is turning out to be a $10 million cash grab, but they underestimated seniors.”
Neither Premier McNeil nor the Minister of Health, Leo Glavine can defend or explain the changes with any clarity.
“Seniors are smarter than Premier McNeil thinks they are. He was not forthright with them but they are fighting back,” says Baillie. “Many Nova Scotians agree with the principle that those who can afford more should pitch in for those less fortunate.”
The numbers released by the Department of Health yesterday show they expect the new pharmacare program to drive thousands of seniors from the insurance plan. That wasn’t in the Liberals original release. Baillie is deeply concerned that seniors will be forced to go without coverage and their health will be put at risk.
“Nova Scotian seniors are proud and resilient. They deserve a government they can trust,” says Baillie. “I’m calling on all Nova Scotians to stand with our seniors by signing our petition today.”
Sign the petition at: http://pcparty.ns.ca/stand-up-for-seniors/
For further information, please contact:
Jim David, PC Party Executive Director