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Ontario free pharmacare for people under age 25

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Ontario free pharmacare for people under age 25

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/b ... -1.4086229

What I don't understand is, why didn't they go with what the NDP proposed? Under the NDP plan, *everyone* would have been covered, albeit for less types of medication, however at least everyone would be covered and the most critical medications would be free for everyone. Plus the NDP plan costs almost exactly the same as the Liberal proposal. It kind of reminds me of how Trump wanted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with "Trumpcare" whereby less people would be covered, for a similar overall cost to the taxpayers. Now we see the Ontario Liberals effectively doing the same thing.
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By giving it to people under 25 they are giving it to people who, for the most part, pay no taxes who therefore do not have to pay for it. It's all upside for those under 25 and its nothing but a vote buy.
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Overall people 25 and under use very little medication compared to people over that age group. The big boon will be to seriously ill young people with chronic diseases who will now have their medication covered.
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What a joke. Why not free dental for under 18 if they wanna throw money away.
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And this is how you buy votes
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Hydro "rebates".
Under 25 free medications.

I'm beginning to see a pattern here. Is there an erection coming?
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People under 25 are covered by their college & university health plans for the most part, and some may still be covered under their parents' insurance as well. This plan is a complete joke.
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I can see under 18 being covered. In situations where there is no health plan available (which can be the case for many families), a child has no say whatsoever about whether or not they will get the prescribed medication they need. Once you are older, you can decide for yourself if you want to forgo medication because you don't want to pay for it.

Older than 18, you are either in school and covered by a school plan, or you are working and able to decide for yourself if you think your health is important.
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I prefer the NDP plan, basic coverage for all. I know we all want to ensure that children have their health taken care of, but I don't see why adults, especially parents, aren't a concern as well. A sick parent will still affect the well-being of a family, and also, the rest of society.
- Also, I'm partly bitter because I'm of the age group that is now sandwiched, having to support healthcare for the older generation above me, but also didn't get the benefits that will be given to those younger than I am. Yet I am in my prime working age so I am essentially paying for both and getting the least benefits.

From a healthcare provider point of view, though, I will admit the Liberal plan is simpler. We just basically add the same coverage for the ODB formulary list of medications (the one for seniors and those on social support) to include the under-25 crowd.

For those 18-24 who may be in school and covered by a school plan, the Liberal plan would give them the choice to opt-out (~$120/year?) since they would now have a pretty comprehensive provincial plan instead. Seems kind of strange and pointless, except to give a little extra hand to those just starting out in their careers.

Total vote-grab.
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dec12 wrote:
Apr 28th, 2017 9:11 am
Hydro "rebates".
Under 25 free medications.

I'm beginning to see a pattern here. Is there an erection coming?
i'm getting hard from just thinking about kicking Wynne to the curb.
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What basis did they use to make it 25 instead of 18 or 30???
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greg123 wrote:
Apr 28th, 2017 4:16 pm
What basis did they use to make it 25 instead of 18 or 30???
I agree



This is a vote buy
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dec12 wrote:
Apr 28th, 2017 9:11 am
Hydro "rebates".
Under 25 free medications.

I'm beginning to see a pattern here. Is there an erection coming?
if it last longer than few hours, you should see a doctor, free for everyone
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george__ wrote:
Apr 28th, 2017 4:22 pm
This is a vote buy
Strange play, as voter turnout for those 25 and under is pretty low.
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People are losing their minds because the province is doing a good thing. ANYTHING THAT BOLSTERS OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS A GOOD THING FOLKS.

Conservatives are terrible. No sense of shame left.

Liberals are getting critized for providing more care. This is just sick.
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