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Ontario Health Premiums

David Artemiw mentions the reports that Ontario will institute a health care premium in their new budget.

He complains about it, and I do too. However, my reasons are different.

What I want to know is, has anyone put forward a reason as to why a flat premium like this is better than collecting the same money out of income taxes? I mean, other than the fact that the Liberals think that raising income taxes is a politically untouchable option?

Of course, we know that the Liberals made such promises because they felt only then would they be able to beat the Tories in last fall's election. But knowing what we now know about the state of Eves' budgets, I certainly wish they would raise income taxes just a little bit.

I can accept the idea that it is possible the province's revenue is simply too low to meet its needs. The better way to find that revenue is income taxes, not user fees and other regressive charges. I wish McGuinty would just say, "I don't care if broken promises make it hard for me to get reelected, I have to do what's best for the province." I'd be happy to pay for



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