First it was forgeting his view on the Springbok Tour (turned out he was “quietly pro”), then it was his place of residence for electoral purposes (the jury’s still out on that one), and now it’s the details of his health policy.
The National Party and John Key today released a 45 page health policy discussion document which mysteriously forgot to mention the fact that they plan to remove the cap which limits the size and annual increases in doctors’ fees.
The fees were originally capped by Labour to prevent continuing gradual rises in fees that were discouraging people from going to the doctor.
It was just amazing to watch John Key squirm under a barrage of questions from the media on TV this evening. I’m actually not sure he ever really answered a question – Tony Ryall seemed to want to jump in at every opportunity, perhaps not confident that his boss even really had a decent grasp of the policy.
Having forgotten his policy, and then his lines, Key seemed to spend a lot of time just standing there to one side of the lectern with his trademark blank look (illustrated above).
I’ll post the video shortly.
Update: here’s the link to the tv 3 coverage. Since the Nats are effectively proposing a move to the American Helath System model you might also want to check out the preview of Sicko below. Highly recommended.