British Columbia is the only province in the country that charges monthly MSP premiums - a flat rate tax - for healthcare. Whether you make $30,000 or $3,000,000 per year, an individual gets charged the same premium.
“When we continue to rely on regressive taxes like this, it is easy to see why British Columbia has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada.”
- Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head and Leader of the BC Green Party.
The Greens believe that it is wrong for low and fixed income BC residents who barely make ends meet to have to pay the same flat rate for healthcare as someone who is wealthy.
“It’s a choice to favour regressive over progressive taxation. It’s a choice to put the interests of the wealthy over the interests of British Columbians with low and fixed incomes, and ahead of small businesses. I think it’s time we made a different choice."
- Andrew Weaver
In the 2014/2015 budget, revenue from MSP premiums was expected to be $2.271 billion, compared to corporate income tax revenue estimated to be $2.348 billion.
The progressive solution is to pay for healthcare through your annual income tax return as is done in every other province in Canada. The resulting health care premium would then be based solely on a person's income as is done in Ontario, for example, (http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/tax/healthpremium/). It's time the BC government made this a priority. And it’s time we let them know that this is our priority too.
Please sign your name below to stand with Andrew Weaver and have your name counted among the British Columbians who believe that it's time to replace MSP premiums with a fair and equitable option.