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  •  Thanks from one of your newer constituents. (1+ / 0-)
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    That would be me.  I just moved to the Bay State last year, and I appreciate what you're doing with this legislation, Senator.  Thank you.

    President Bush was worried that he might accidentally insure some middle-class children along with poor children.  What a concern!  That just goes to show that Bush is more interested in keeping people in their places instead of maintaining some kind of fiscal responsibility (as if we needed proof.)

    Think about it.  If poor children are insured, their families have one fewer headache in their lives.  Likewise, if middle-class children are insured, their families also have one fewer headaches in their lives.  While poor families will benefit from having much needed funds to keep them from starvation or eviction, middle-class families will be better situated to remain in the middle class, rather than risk getting economically destroyed by unforeseen disaster in the form of a health crisis for their children.  If Bush had his way, the poor would be covered but the middle class would only be covered once they were ruined and found themselves poor.  For Bush, class mobility is real and desirable—but only downward mobility.  He has no interest in seeing anyone raise themselves from their stations.  Considering that middle class people are often innovators in business as well as a vital part of America's tax base, Bush's health care philosophy is a prescription for disaster.

    A conservative is just a liberal who hasn't needed a second chance yet.

    by Larry McAwful on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 12:00:15 PM PDT

    •  The federal government (2+ / 0-)

      Picks up 40% of my premiums, because they are tax-deductible.

      It turns out that that is more than the $758 per child for SCHIP

      The government can buy similar health insurance for 1/3 of what I have to pay in the private market.

      So, many middle class children who leave a privately purchased health plan for SCHIP will actually leave more money in the US Treasury; it's just in a different bucket. Of course, that's if they have insurance at all - and at $12,000 for a family, there are a lot of people choosing between insurance and housing, if the insurance companies will even sell them a policy.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 01:59:55 PM PDT

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