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

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