The DA on Tuesday questioned the dependability of the National Health Insurance Bill and pledged to utilize every single lawful alternative to battle what it regards an awful draft law intended to transform the wellbeing system into “another state-owned enterprise”.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the bill published last week as part of a policy trend of nationalization that included land and the South African Reserve Bank.
“I believe the discussion of NHI is long overdue and it is a necessary one. But we don’t believe formulating another state-owned enterprise is the way to go. One South Africa is not in a fiscal position to do that and two, it will not address this injustice of some citizens being able to get health care and others not being able to do so,” he told a media briefing at Parliament.
“Liberation movements generally tend to run out of ideas and ultimately seek to create expensive mechanisms that don’t achieve the objective of providing those services to citizens.”
He said he had written to Speaker Thandi Modise to ask whether the bill had been certified by the state law adviser as constitutional, as this needed to happen before the portfolio committee on health began mulling it.
Maimane said the bill would not pass constitutional muster because it undermined the role of provinces in providing health care.
“It undermines the power of provinces and what provinces can do when it comes to the provision of health care. It is on that basis that I and the party, as far as the DA is concerned, will be taking every measure possible to oppose this bill. We believe that this bill may very well be unconstitutional.”