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CanadaNDP eyes sweeping healthcare coverage and universal pharmacare for 2019 federal election

20:40  16 june  2019
20:40  16 june  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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HAMILTON — Signalling its determination not to be outflanked on the left this time around, the federal NDP has unveiled its platform months ahead of the fall election, including commitments to dramatically expand health care and to impose a wealth tax on the super-rich and a plan to run deficits for the foreseeable future.

The party released a 109-page platform during an Ontario NDP policy convention in Hamilton on Sunday, titled “A New Deal for People” (note the acronym), bucking the standard practice of federal parties releasing their platforms only once the writ has dropped. The commitments aren’t fully costed, nor are there firm timelines on many of the more ambitious promises, but the party plans to use revenue from increasing taxes on the wealthy and closing tax loopholes to pay for massive commitments in health care, affordable housing and to fight climate change.

Impeccable timing turns the fall election into a referendum on pharmacare

Impeccable timing turns the fall election into a referendum on pharmacare Eric Hoskins says the time is right for Canada to create a universal pharmacare system. The timing of his report calling on the federal government to finally do that might not be so bad, either. "We know (pharmacare) is going to be part of the fall election campaign," the former Ontario health minister said in an interview Wednesday on the podcast edition of The House. "So for me, there is no better time to have this discussion than with all Canadians in the context of politicians asking for their support. This is such a profound and important part of our conversation that it deserves that attention.

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The NDP will be the first political party to unveil an election platform that promises to drastically expand Canada’s health care system to include, not just pharmacare , but mental, dental, eye and hearing coverage for all citizens.

On the heels of a new report prepared for the Liberal government that recommends Ottawa implement a universal, single-payer pharmacare plan to cover the costs of prescription drugs for all Canadians, the NDP is promising to enact universal pharmacare in 2020 and to go several steps further. The party aims to publicly fund dental care, vision care, mental health care and fertility treatments within 10 years, according to officials who briefed reporters on Sunday, though it has no estimates of how much that might cost.

NDP eyes sweeping healthcare coverage and universal pharmacare for 2019 federal election© Jean Levac Jagmeet Singh, leader of the federal NDP party showed support to the members of CUPE 2424 who are on strike at Carleton Unversity Ottawa, March 20, 2018.

The NDP pharmacare plan differs somewhat from the report released by former Ontario health minister Dr. Eric Hoskins last week, which recommended that a full pharmacare program be rolled out by 2027, at an additional cost to the federal government of $15 billion annually.

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The NDP is promising a “late 2020 start date” for its pharmacare program, with an annual federal investment of $10 billion. The plan would not charge co-payments to patients for their prescription drugs.

The platform doesn’t explain exactly how an NDP government would pay for such a dramatic expansion to public health care, but it does propose several ways to raise revenue, including a three per cent increase to the corporate tax rate, from 15 to 18 per cent. The party also plans to raise taxes on those making more than $210,000 by two points, to 35 per cent.

The NDP is also planning to impose a new wealth tax on those worth more than $20 million — an idea recently proposed in the U.S. by Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The NDP would levy a one per cent tax on Canadians’ net worth above $20 million, which it estimates would generate “several billion dollars annually.”

The platform also reiterates previous commitments to close tax loopholes, including the CEO stock option deduction and to tax 75 per cent of profits on investments, up from the current rate of 50 per cent.

Pharmacare plan presents fiscal problems that go beyond the price tag

Pharmacare plan presents fiscal problems that go beyond the price tag Dr. Eric Hoskins' pitch for a national pharmacare program comes with a hefty cost estimate. It also could set up new conflicts between the provinces and Ottawa over health transfers.

NDP eyes sweeping healthcare coverage and universal pharmacare for 2019 federal election . The section on “Taking better care of each other” suggests a healthcare expansion that would cover Canadians “from head to toe,” including mental health , dental care , eye care and infertility treatment.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh announced his party ’s plan for government-funded dental care for people with household incomes under ,000 as part of the universal - health care strategy on Sept. 18 during a campaign visit in Sudbury, Ont., pointing to the problem that currently

During the 2015 election campaign, former NDP leader Thomas Mulcair promised to balance the budget, a move that was widely seen as helping the Liberals to outflank the New Democrats when they promised to run deficits. This time around, the NDP has no plan to balance the budget, promising instead that Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio will fall over the next decade.

The NDP platform includes a number of promises the party has been rolling out gradually in recent months, including commitments to build 500,000 units of affordable housing in the next 10 years, to create 300,000 jobs as part of a transition to a low-carbon economy and to retrofit all housing stock in Canada by 2050.

It also includes a number of ideas that officials termed “aspirational,” including a plan to work with provinces and territories to cap and reduce post-secondary tuition and to provide affordable child care across the country. The party is promising a $1-billion investment in child care in 2020.

NDP's 2019 election platform promises mental, dental, hearing coverage for all

NDP's 2019 election platform promises mental, dental, hearing coverage for all The NDP will be the first political party to unveil an election platform that promises to drastically expand Canada’s health care system to include, not just pharmacare, but mental, dental, eye and hearing coverage for all citizens. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will unveil the platform in Hamilton, Ont. Sunday morning. CBC was given an early look. The party promises to reform Canada's health-care system to fund a whole new suite of services, just as the Liberals are looking at creating a national drug plan.

The National Post covers the latest in Politics News. WatchNDP eyes sweeping healthcare coverage and universal pharmacare for 2019 federal election . Money from taxes on the wealthy and closing tax loopholes will pay for commitments to health care , housing and climate change.

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In a section on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the NDP is promising to work with Indigenous communities to implement the 231 calls for justice in the final report of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. The party is also promising to “replace mere consultation with a standard of free, prior and informed consent” for projects that affect Indigenous communities, though officials said this would not be tantamount to a veto.

The platform also promises to ensure that social media giants like Google, Facebook and Netflix “play by the same rules” as Canadian broadcasters, including by paying taxes and supporting Canadian content in both official languages.

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