[Updated] Government continues to “run from its 5-year record of soaring unemployment, rising violent crime and reckless borrowing” and offers voters nothing but a “continuing pattern of distortion and fear-mongering,” the One Bermuda Alliance has said.
The OBA was responding to a press conference held yesterday where the PLP questioned the OBA’s commitment to FutureCare. This is the second time in the past few days the two parties have exchanged words about the health plan for seniors.
The OBA said: “It’s unfortunate this Government continues to run from its 5-year record of soaring unemployment, rising violent crime and reckless borrowing by playing on the fears of seniors about the security of their FutureCare health benefits.
“Every day voters are becoming more aware that it offers them nothing but a continuing pattern of distortion and fear-mongering. But here are the facts, as our spokesman for the Shadow Health Board Andrew Simons recently reiterated:
“Once more for the record, the OBA supports FutureCare. We will not abolish FutureCare. We will not cut FutureCare. In fact, under an OBA Government seniors currently enrolled in FutureCare will see no change in their benefits.”
“The challenge for Future Care is ensuring that the system is financially secure, not just for this generation but also for those that follow. Instead of 4 out of 10 younger people unemployed, the OBA will get those young Bermudians back to work so they can help support a health care system for our seniors today and ensure it is there for their generation tomorrow.
“Instead of paying millions of dollars a week in national debt interest, the OBA will reduce the debt and ensure that more of your tax dollars go to providing the essential health care services our seniors need and less of your tax dollars wind up in the pockets of foreign creditors.
“Through the sound fiscal policies in the OBA’s economic recovery plan, we are meeting that challenge. And Bermuda’s seniors can be assured that there will continue to be a future for FutureCare under an OBA government. That’s change they can believe in. The change Bermuda needs,” the OBA concluded.
Update 4.04pm: A PLP spokesperson said: “Over the last several days, the OBA has completely reversed themselves on PLP initiatives that they spent months criticizing.
“The OBA used to say that FutureCare should be scrapped. Now, they say it should be saved. They used to say that EEZ grants were reckless, now, they say they want to expand them.
“Bermudians need to ask themselves if the OBA can be trusted with FutureCare, DayCare and the EEZ. Yesterday, they bitterly opposed these PLP accomplishments. Today, they support them. The big question mark is where they’ll be tomorrow and if you can really trust the OBA to protect these PLP accomplishments?
“We would further like to highlight the following telling statement from yesterday’s OBA statement. The OBA said, “under an OBA Government seniors currently enrolled in FutureCare will see no change in their benefits.” Look at the word they used. Seniors CURRENTLY enrolled in FutureCare.
“Do they plan to cut FutureCare for those who are approaching retirement? Bermudians in their 40s, 50s and 60s need to know if the OBA plans rapid and radical increases in their premiums? It’s time for the OBA to come clean.”