I think the NHS price list story could undermine the NHS a little bit.
The majority of people in the UK love the NHS. So everybody circulates the NHS price list motivated by an instinct to save the NHS from privatisation, which I share.
But as a result, everybody sees the big numbers on the price list and relates it to their income and the price of a loaf of bread, and starts to think “Jeepers! Medicine is expensive!”
And that lays the groundwork for opponents of the NHS to say: “Yes – don’t you think we as a nation deserve better value for money?” Or: “Do you think you, struggling to pay your bills, should be made to pay for someone else’s healthcare?”
If they get you to accept this conception of how public money works (which it doesn’t), the privatisation vultures have already won.
So, two points:
1. NOTHING is expensive (in terms of money) for a government that creates its own currency like ours. Our government can never “run out” of pounds.
2. The best healthcare in the world is not expensive to our government. The best healthcare in the world is what you’re entitled to here in the UK, whoever you are, whenever you need it. It’s a human right, it’s our inheritance, and it should be what we’re leaving to our children and grandchildren, because they’re entitled to it, too.
It might look expensive to someone who has to toil long hours to make ends meet, but that’s not the position the UK government is in. They are the issuers of the currency, we are the users of the currency.
Not reversing the dismantling of the NHS and making it whole again will be cripplingly expensive, though.
So, stop looking at the pound signs and tell these bastards to write the cheque (like they do when they want to bomb something or get a duck house on expenses) – or even better vote them out at the earliest opportunity for someone who will.