Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama is facing serious trust issues after his failure to achieve his much touted one-time premium policy during the NDC’s eight years in power.
In its 2008 manifesto, the NDC mentioned that it would implement a one-time premium under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) yet the party failed to achieve this promise till it left office in 2016.
Interestingly, the former President has rebranded this policy and is promising an implementation of a Free primary healthcare for Ghanaians.
It will be recalled that while serving as Vice President to the late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, John Dramani Mahama stated at the Community Health Nurses Training School at Tanoso Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region on April 19, 2010 that the one-time premium payment to the NHIS was not only feasible but the then NDC government would implement the policy before the 2012 elections.
He later mentioned at an Annual lecture of the Ghana Medical Association that the NDC government was considering the option of using part of the country’s oil revenue for their intended one-time premium payment of the NHIS.
This was corroborated by then Finance Minister Kwabena Duffour who also indicated that the one-time premium payment policy would be implemented by the end of 2012.
After emerging as winner of the 2012, many were hoping to see if the former president would be a man of his words and implement the one-time premium. He however only did not fail to implement, he ceased every opportunity he got to continue his promising spree on how the government would implement the policy till they lost power in 2016.
Ahead of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, the former President is promising to provide free healthcare whether people possess NHIS ID cards or not.
Many have questioned the sincerity of this promise and John Mahama’s trustworthiness considering his own record of being dishonest and lying about the implementation of the One-time premium throughout the NDC’s eight years in power. “If Ex-President Mahama says we should trust him and NDC with free Primary Healthcare, then remember the failed promise of “One Time Premium on NHIS”, the Concerned Citizens Association said in a Statement released on September 7.
Son of Ghana’s first President, Sekou Nkrumah has also taken a swipe at John Dramani over his free primary healthcare promise.
“John Mahama could not run the National Health Insurance Scheme and today he is talking of free primary health care? Does he think Ghanaians are fools? Sekou quizzed.