Stelmach favours reducing family cost burdens


 

 

robin kuniski/for metro calgary

 

Premier Ed Stelmach met with reporters yesterday at the Calgary International Airport prior to heading to Washington on a trade mission.






"We’re always looking at how we can support families ... that are raising children today in a cost environment that’s, of course, going up."






Health-care premiums could be history as the Conservative budget is put together over the coming weeks.





Possibly floating an election balloon, Premier Stelmach responded to a reporter’s question yesterday of abolishing health care premiums by stating that when the caucus meets on the budget that, “everything is on the table.”





Stelmach said the government has escalating infrastructure costs and a labour shortage in critical areas of the health field, but that caucus would look at a variety of ways to reduce the cost burden on families in the upcoming budget.





“We’re always looking at how we can support families, because as I said before – a few weeks ago — I’m committed to looking after families that are raising children today in a cost environment that’s, of course, going up,” said Stelmach.





Right now, an individual pays $44 per month for Alberta Health Care coverage, and families pay $88 per month.




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