Saturday, May 3, 2008

Uninsured Kids In Middle Class Have Same Unmet Needs As Poor

Uninsured Kids In Middle Class Have Same Unmet Needs As Poor

ScienceDaily (2008-05-03) -- Nationwide, uninsured children in families earning between $38,000 and $77,000 annually are nearly as likely to forgo health care as uninsured children in poorer families. More than 40 percent of children in those income brackets who are uninsured all year see no physicians and have no prescriptions all year, says new research. ... > read full article

What is wrong with these parents? The controlling idea behind President Bush's veto of expanding SCHIP funding into this income group was that middle class parents should be responsible and pay for insurance or pay for their kids' health needs. This research is not just about kids who are not getting health care, but it is about irresponsible parents. What are these middle income parents spending their money on? Are they saving for their kids college? That won't do much good if they are ill. Paying off mortgages for houses that are probably too expensive because they want their kids to go to "good" public schools or even paying for private school tuition so they can get a good education and get into college? Or how about all those costs associated with the highly organized lives of middle class kids these days? All the lessons, sports, enrichment activities? Irresponsible, irresponsible, irresponsible.

Parents who are making the wrong decisions to fund other necessities over your child's health care, forget about saving for college. Just pass that debt on to the kids. What is more American in this age than being in debt up to your eyeballs anyway. (For the record, I have very little debt relative to my income. I will out myself as well out of the mainstream of American behavior. for this, I;m sure I will never be elected to any political position as I am out of touch with normal America.)

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