In the run-up to the launch of the white paper on National Health Insurance (NHI), Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi warned us in the department that we should ready ourselves for a war. He reminded us of the early 1990s after the release of Nelson Mandela, saying the process of ushering in democracy produced three categories of people. The first group were those who celebrated the change because they believed their aspirations for a nonracial democracy would finally be realised. The second category were those sitting on the fence. They had fears about their future, but were prepared to be convinced if the new political dispensation would accommodate them and produce a just system. The last group were the ultraconservatives, who were bent on retaining the status quo. This group thrived on white fears. While the broader media has generally adopted an open attitude to NHI, engaging constructively on the matter, a small group appears to be ideologically opposed to universal health cover...

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