BRENDAN HOWLIN DOWNPLAYS CABINET RIFT
The Public Expenditure Minister has downplayed a rift at Cabinet over the cost of proposals for Universal Health Insurance.
Brendan Howlin’s Department is understood to have misgivings about the cost of reforming the insurance sector – and ensuring everyone in the state has the same basic level of cover.
The Health Minister says failure to reform would be more costly – and lead to higher taxes and fewer services.
Brendan Howlin says there needs to be a robust debate about the impact of the policy on the state’s coffers – but the Cabinet is united in support of UHI