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FORSETH – How many times does govt have to announce something?

Health Minister Adrian Dix.

BC NDP government hoping to score 3 times the brownie points with re-announcement, of a previous announcement, that in itself was a re-announcement

OKAY, MAYBE YOU LOST ME right off the bat, so let me try again.  First of all, on Feb. 9, 2018, we had the provincial NDP government, led by Health Minister Adrian Dix, let us know in a banner headline that there would be a:

$105-million investment to make prescription medications more affordable for families

The British Columbia government is eliminating PharmaCare deductibles for working families with the lowest incomes in the province, helping to make sure they get the prescription medicines they need but currently are struggling to afford, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced today.

No parent should have to make the difficult decision between their family’s health and putting food on the table,” said Dix. “The investment we’re announcing today will make life more affordable for British Columbians, while making sure they get the care they need.”

The $105 million being invested in Fair PharmaCare over three years will eliminate or reduce the deductibles for 240,000 B.C. families.

All families with household net incomes under $45,000 will benefit. Dix said the biggest impact will be felt by families with net annual incomes between $15,000 and $30,000. They will have no deductible, starting Jan. 1, 2019 … etc ….

That’s announcement Number One

A week and a half later (Feb. 20) Finance Minister Carole James informed us that:

Budget 2018 puts people first, makes life more affordable for British Columbians and that they were:

… improving B.C.’s Fair PharmaCare program to eliminate deductibles for families with annual net incomes below $30,000, starting Jan. 1, 2019. Approximately 240,000 families will receive expanded coverage.

That’s announcement Number Two

And finally comes Adrian Dix once again (Jan. 4, 2019) to let us know ONCE AGAIN that Lower income families benefiting from Fair PharmaCare investment and that this would mean:

… for 240,000 British Columbian families, the new year brings the help they need with prescription drugs, thanks to a three-year $105-million investment that is reducing or eliminating deductibles and co-payments for lower-income households.

No one should have to make the difficult decision between their family’s health and putting food on the table. We know that for many working households, needed prescriptions were going unfilled too often because Fair PharmaCare deductibles were too high. The changes we have made will provide thousands of families with the relief they need,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

Families earning under $45,000 in net annual income are also benefiting from this investment. Deductibles and co-payments have been lowered for households earning between $30,000 and $45,000 net, annually. Fair PharmaCare co-payments have also been eliminated for seniors born before 1940 earning a household net annual income up to $14,000, and for the lowest income households – those earning up to $13,750.

There you go … that’s Announcement Number Three

I wish I knew what the combined number of media contacts, individuals who write the media releases, and any and all additional assistants there are that we pay for to churn out “Pat us on the back for how good we are” announcements”.

They have to number in the multiple dozens … and heaven only knows at what cost each year.

Just tell us what we need to know that’s important work the government is doing, and then don’t tell us over and over again. Oh, and one other thing.  Having your media people write, and tell us, that you’re buying mattresses for seniors, painting highway lines on our roadways, and installing garbage cans at pull-out, are not vital … important … semi-important … or even of minor importance to British Columbians.

Quit wasting OUR money!

I’m Alan Forseth in Kamloops.  If you have any thoughts on this commentary, I welcome you to share them below in the Comments Section.

Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.

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7 Comments on FORSETH – How many times does govt have to announce something?

  1. tony brumell // January 5, 2019 at 11:54 PM // Reply

    This repeated news is of course something that the liberals never did .Right .Horgan will be lucky if one percent of BC residents heard it.Remember ; news papers and responsible media are things of the past. Maybe a large percentage of those who did read it didn’t believe it.

    • Mel Rothenburger // January 6, 2019 at 12:08 AM // Reply

      Check out my editorial from April 5, 2017 on constant funding announcements by the then-BC Liberal government. https://armchairmayor.ca/2017/04/05/editorial-constant-funding-announcements-have-become-white-noise/

    • Alan Forseth // January 6, 2019 at 9:05 AM // Reply

      1) I wrote at least two posts critizing the BC Liberals for the same thing — it’s crap no matter what government is in power
      2) A decade and a half ago, after 25+ years in the broadcast industry, because it hsd become little more than a computer formatted jukebox — no individuality, playing the same playlist as everyone else, more and more staff lay-offs, less local newscasts and smaller newsrooms, and directives coming down from farther and farther away from local communities.
      3) if indeed only 1% did hear the news, then the rest didn’t care, don’t read / listen to the news, or else do the same thing at election and then simply vote for whoever offers them the most goodies never thinking about how it will be paid for

  2. It’s politics what do you expect

  3. Ian M MacKenzie // January 5, 2019 at 7:28 AM // Reply

    Yes, I noticed the multiple communication of the same info as well. But I’m also wondering what percentage of the population had the information sink in even after the third time.

  4. Man oh man it does not take much to get you lit-up Alan. The PR people are full time and have a role to play in the great mechanism called the government. Granted accountability is the rightful thing we must always demand, it is also true this government is doing things the previous one should have done. And they perhaps just need to reinforce the good messages…just in case!

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