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No schip.

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Imitatio Christi tipped me off to an intriguing post on children’s healthcare at Welcome to Pottersville. Here’s a taste:

When a child is enrolled in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (Schip), the positive results can be dramatic. For example, after asthmatic children are enrolled in Schip, the frequency of their attacks declines on average by 60 percent, and their likelihood of being hospitalized for the condition declines more than 70 percent.

Regular care, in other words, makes a big difference. That’s why Congressional Democrats, with support from many Republicans, are trying to expand Schip, which already provides essential medical care to millions of children, to cover millions of additional children who would otherwise lack health insurance.

But President Bush says that access to care is no problem — “After all, you just go to an emergency room” — and, with the support of the Republican Congressional leadership, he’s declared that he’ll veto any Schip expansion on “philosophical” grounds.

It must be about philosophy, because it surely isn’t about cost. …

And you’ll see why at the link.

Is a philosophy morally acceptable to you that would deny healthcare to children simply because it doesn’t want government doing it? Is it “of the people, by the people, for the people”? Does it, my Christian friend, bear any resemblance to the example of Jesus Christ? Is it even, my socially conservative friend, pro-life?

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Written by Monte

July 31, 2007 at 10:28 am

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  1. Monte…I like the way you put that……”insiders”….I think the term conservatism is bandied about too much and has totally lost it’s meaning, just like the term liberal…..It’s a shame, because it really muddies the waters when you are trying to have a real conversation……
    excellent article and I look forward to your next one…..t

    Monte says: Isn’t that the truth! Those labels really do mean a lot of different things! I remember using, in a conversation with someone from an outlook different than my own, a label to describe my position that I regarded rather fondly. To me, this label included attitudes like, “genuine,” “thoughtful,” possibly even “scholarly.” I saw her face darken, and realized that to her it meant something like “intolerant,” “un-informed,” and “contentious.”
    Whew! An education in an instant!


    August 2, 2007 at 2:52 pm

  2. I want a sane national health care program that covers us all. The following site has the right program, and makes all the arguments for it iron clad:

    Physicians for a National Health Program

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

    Monte says: Terrific link, thanks! These people know how to say it!


    August 2, 2007 at 1:41 pm

  3. Bush doesn’t care about children only the corporate backers……..great article…thanks…t

    Monte says: Thanks, toni! Corporate gain does seem to be the secret theme song of conservatism’s insiders.


    July 31, 2007 at 10:40 am

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