An exceptional speech made by 91 year old veteran Harry Smith who has a message for the Labour Party in the UK, which I think needs to be listened to by the Labour Party of NZ, which was why he voted for Labour first in 1945.
He describes life before 1945 as barbarous and uncivilized. Why? Because “public healthcare didn’t exist.”
Life in the UK pre 1945 had a healthcare system that “was for the privileged few”…sound familiar America?
Profits before people in the healthcare system is a modern evil. It is also idiotic which you can do by simply Googling healthcare outcomes in USA. Look at where they sit on any OECD related graph, at, or around, the bottom in things like infant mortality and life expectancy.
Public healthcare helps the people of the country, its helps the most vulnerable most of all, Obamacare is good for America and anyone who things otherwise either has an agenda based on profit, or they are ill informed. A country without a decent public healthcare system is uncivilised and barbarous.
As a side note, if the Labour Party of NZ don’t get to grips with the message that Mr. Smith shares which is all based around why people used to vote for the left, then they are doomed to inhabit the cross benches for a very long time. Mr. Smith explains where the left has come from, you need to go back there to re-win your support.