Thursday, September 28, 2006


9 Million Uninsured Kids in U.S..

9,000,000—How many is that? Quite a lot: especially since our country is touted as the “greatest country in the World.”

And the numbers don’t seem to be getting smaller. And the parents don’t appear to be lazy bums.

It’s shameful. Seems like I say that a lot, lately. Yeah—there are a lot of shameful things going on in this country. I don’t want to get ranting about what’s happened to habeas corpus, or the separation of powers. Or...

Texas, Florida lead nation in uninsured children

Families USA has released a new report highlighting a disturbing aspect of our nation's health care crisis: the fact that 9 million children have no health insurance.

Even more disturbing is the fact that most of these children have parents that work. As the AP reports:
Most of the 9 million uninsured children in the U.S. live in homes where at least one parent works full time. In more than one-quarter of the cases, there are two working parents. [...]

"I think they believe these are low-income people who don't work, who are very different from themselves," said the group's executive director, Ron Pollack. "These are people who work, who are doing the right thing." [...]

Overall, 88.3 percent of uninsured children age 18 and under live in households with a working parent. About 70 percent live in households were a parent works full time, year-round, according to the report.
States in the South and West lead the list for most uninsured children:
The five states with the highest rates of uninsured children are Texas, 20.4 percent; Florida, 17 percent; New Mexico, 16.7 percent; Nevada, 16.4 percent; and Montana, 16.2 percent.

Vermont had the lowest rate of uninsured children -- 5.6 percent. Michigan, Hawaii and New Hampshire were next at 6.4 percent. The national rate is 11.6 percent.Many assume that children still find coverage through Medicaid and state-based Children's Health Insurance Programs. Yet the report notes that because the parents work, many children aren't eligible because the programs are aimed at families below the poverty line (Medicaid) or just above it (CHIP). On top of that,
"The reason these children are not participating is that, No. 1, many don't know about it, and No. 2, the enrollment process is cumbersome," [Families USA's Ron] Pollack said.There's also a racial bias in which children fall through the cracks:
Families USA said that about 3.4 million of the uninsured children in the U.S. are white, about 1.5 million are black, and about 3.5 million are Hispanic.

What are you saying? The market must have solved this problem - the invisible hand solves all problems. Are you suggesting that big gummit ought to get in there and take away our free choice? U sum kinda socialist?

We gotta stop paying attention to all this reality - it's faith that matters: faith in Gawd, faith in the "free" market, faith in George W. These 9M kids need to pray to Jeebus that they don't get sick. :>)
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