Parliament buckles under DA pressure; agrees to extend NHI public participation process
1 October 2019
Following the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) and other interested parties’ petition to the Portfolio Committee for Health to extend the public participation process for the National Health Insurance Bill, the deadline has been extended to 29 November 2019.
The DA welcomes this victory in the road to fighting the disastrous NHI Bill.
Parliament cannot be used as a rubber stamp station for problematic pieces of legislation. The process needs to be rigorous and needs to place the views of all South Africans at the forefront of decision-making.
More importantly, it’s crucial that South Africans are making inputs on legislation that they are clear on. To date, there are still unanswered questions on the Bill and its implications.