It seemed to take an inordinate amount of time for the backlash against the government's attack on bulk billing to get into gear, didn't it? (Well, a month anyway, even though I said at the time that the effect on GP practices was going to be big, and general patient bulk billing was surely going to go because of it.) I suppose Abbott and his advisers may have thought it was a good idea to announce it in the run up to Christmas, as people are too distracted getting ready for the holidays.
But you know a backlash against this government is strong when even Judith Sloan says she can't see the sense in the policy. (And even she notes that Abbott as health minister used to think that policies that increased bulk billing services to the public were a good idea.)
And remember the Adam Creighton tweet where he said doctors deserved a pay cut because the AMA had opposed the co-payment? Well, it looks like it won't be happening at all, given the Senate. So sorry, Adam: your desire to see incomes cut to everyone except you seems to have not panned out in this case.