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Nigel Farage's suggestion of a privatised NHS flares tensions within UKIP Watch

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    (Original post by The Independent)
    Ukip is facing pre-election turmoil after policy differences and personality clashes burst into the open, with the party’s health spokeswoman slapping down Nigel Farage’s suggestion the NHS could eventually be privatised.

    Amid signs of in-fighting and internal rivalry, a senior source admitted last night that the mood in Ukip’s higher echelons had become “scratchy and irritable” ahead of the 7 May ballots.

    There is also dismay in parts of the party over the slow progress in compiling its manifesto, with the MEP responsible for drafting the document revealed to have recently relinquished responsibility for the task.

    A fresh spotlight was shone on Ukip’s growing pains yesterday in a BBC interview when the party leader raised the prospect of ultimately replacing the state-funded NHS with an insurance-based healthcare system.

    While stressing his party remained committed to healthcare free at the point of delivery, Mr Farage indicated it was “a debate that we are all going to have to return to” because of Britain’s rapidly ageing population.

    Ukip’s health spokeswoman Louise Bours swiftly contradicted her leader as she insisted the vast majority of party members “will always favour a state-funded NHS”.

    Ms Bours said: “Nigel is entitled to his opinion and others are entitled to theirs, we don’t whip people into all thinking the same thing, like the establishment parties.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...p-9991340.html

    An interesting comment from Farage that he thinks we will have to replace the NHS with an insurance-based healthcare system in the future. What implications might these words have upon voters?
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    (Original post by Reluire)
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...p-9991340.html

    An interesting comment from Farage that he thinks we will have to replace the NHS with an insurance-based healthcare system in the future. What implications might these words have upon voters?
    Would this make our system much more similar to the American one?
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    Disgusting comments, the NHS is one of the few reasons that would stop me from moving abroad


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    (Original post by Queen Cersei)
    Would this make our system much more similar to the American one?
    Yeah, I assume he's thinking of something like Obamacare. Healthcare would become a commodity which the poor would be unable to afford without being put in huge amounts of debt.
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    (Original post by SerLorasTyrell)
    Disgusting comments, the NHS is one of the few reasons that would stop me from moving abroad


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    it's certainly not perfect but I do think it is still a tribute to the country and something we should fight to keep!
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    All I want is UKIP to remove tuition fees and I will be happy!! They claim that they will do this for all science and maths courses so that's why I am voting them this year. But they could just be lying to us like most politicians :mad:.
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    A privatised NHS sounds like a terrible idea. Flaring tensions within UKIP sounds like a good idea, though.
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    Seems a little odd that the self-professed defender of British values wants to destroy perhaps the most British institution there is.



    (Original post by Raymat)
    All I want is UKIP to remove tuition fees and I will be happy!! They claim that they will do this for all science and maths courses so that's why I am voting them this year. But they could just be lying to us like most politicians :mad:.
    The Green party will scrap all tution fees.
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    (Original post by DaveSmith99)
    Seems a little odd that the self-professed defender of British values wants to destroy perhaps the most British institution there is.





    The Green party will scrap all tution fees.
    Not all politicians will do what they claim they will do. This is probably just an attempt to gain more votes. At least I am confident that UKIP will tighten immigration. What are the Green Party's policies on immigration? Is it anywhere near as good as UKIP's policies on immigration?
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    We need to reduce the services that the NHS can provide and have those services properly privatised rather than a state supply+private profit model.

    A central European insurance system is suprerior to the NHS.
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    (Original post by The_Mighty_Bush)
    We need to reduce the services that the NHS can provide and have those services properly privatised rather than a state supply+private profit model.

    A central European insurance system is suprerior to the NHS.
    According to who exactly?
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    (Original post by DaveSmith99)
    According to who exactly?
    Who do you think? Me, you idiot.
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    (Original post by The_Mighty_Bush)
    Who do you think? Me, you idiot.
    Oh, I just wondered if you actually had anything to back up you opinion (something like the many in-depth studies that show the NHS to be superior to the European systems). Looks like you don't and you're just spouting nonsense then.
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    (Original post by DaveSmith99)
    Oh, I just wondered if you actually had anything to back up you opinion (something like the many in-depth studies that show the NHS to be superior to the European systems). Looks like you don't and you're just spouting nonsense then.
    It's not my responsibility to convince you. I could never change your mind anyway.
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    (Original post by The_Mighty_Bush)
    It's not my responsibility to convince you. I could never change your mind anyway.
    Of course you couldn't, all you have on your side is belief and no substance.
 
 
 
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