Politics is supposed to be a contest of ideas, it is supposed to further the course of a group of people, and so must be practiced in an atmosphere of respect and true to the fact.
We have barely forty days to the December 7, presidential and parliamentary elections, and as expected politicians, especially presidential candidates and their running mates, are criss-crossing the country canvassing for votes.
The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, have consistently claimed that the National Health Insurance Scheme is dying.
Available statistics from the National Health Insurance Authourity (NHIA) and all relevant allied institutions, speak of a policy that is doing very well.
Ghana’s health Insurance policy, has become an example recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to many African countries.
We cannot have everything working for us, but the NHIS, is one of the things we are getting right in this country.
Nana Addo, Dr. Bawumia and the NPP, must know that when you seek power at all cost, including lying your way to power, there are consequences that await you.
Our elders have a saying that, the cane that is used to beat Baah, will be used to beat Takyi.
The NHIS was piloted during President, Jerry John Rawlings’s era, the NPP under, President John Agyekum Kufuor, expanded it, but was a mutual insurance and was limited in scope and reach, when the NDC won in 2008, led by President, John Evans Atta Mills, it became a national insurance scheme.
It is still work in progress and at every turn of our history, we will strive to better it.
The cynics want Ghanaians to believe that, it is not working and it can only work with them in power. These kinds of thinking are the reason why, we are where we are as a country. It is good under us, but bad or collapsing under you.
Opposition doesn’t mean, you should oppose everything, even when it is glaring that, all is well.
The NPP Members of Parliament (MPs) as part of their achievements, boast about the number of people they have registered onto the Scheme.
If it is that the Scheme is collapsing, does it make sense to waste money to register your constituents onto it?
The double standard is what is killing this country, opposition MPs, must tell Nana Addo and Dr. Bawumia that, the scheme is doing well and it has not collapsed as they wish.