Trudeau's pharmacare bill is a legislative nothingburger filled with empty promises

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Bill C-64, An Act respecting pharmacare, isn't actually a pharmacare bill. It's a promise-to-promise pharmacare at a later date.

Tonight, Ezra reads through the legislative mumbo jumbo of a bill that achieves little to nothing for hardworking taxpayers.

In the first few sentences of the legislation, the Trudeau Liberals pledge to outline the principles for Health Minister Mark Holland when reaching bilateral pharmacare agreements with the provinces and territories. It merely promises to consult their federation partners, without outlining considerable details.

On March 22, 2023, the Trudeau Liberals announced its first-ever National Strategy for Drugs for Rare Diseases, with an investment of up to $1.5 billion over three years to increase the affordability of pharmaceuticals for rare diseases.

Should the bill pass, it would provide Holland with the power to make payments on pharmaceutical coverage in certain circumstances, effectively ignoring jurisdiction. Among the areas of coverage include diabetes medication and contraception. 

Firstly, I don't trust Theresa Tam or her colleagues at Health Canada to tell me what drugs I can and can't take.

Secondly, I'm not sure if this constitutes federal jurisdiction. According to section 91 of the constitution, healthcare and hospitals are provincial jurisdiction.

And thirdly, the Bill merely hopes to establish a committee of experts to make certain recommendations that the minister can then take into consideration.

If that isn't cause for concern, then dumping another $89.5 million to the newly created Canadian Drug Agency over 5 years will.

Again, more funding with the promise of better outcomes without expressly saying how they will achieve those outcomes.

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