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An Immoral Philosophy: PAUL KRUGMAN; Apocalypse here
by An Immoral Philosophy: PAUL KRUGMAN; Apocalypse Here
30 Jul 2007
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By PAUL KRUGMAN - THE NEW YORK TIMES
KRUGMAN: What kind of philosophy says that it’s O.K. to subsidize insurance companies, but not to provide health care to children?
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An Immoral Philosophy
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: July 30, 2007
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. One of the plans Mr. Bush opposes, the one approved by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the Senate Finance Committee, would cost less over the next five years than we’ll spend in Iraq in the next four months.
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Labels: Bush Children Health Insurance, Health Care, Health insurance, Insurance, kids, New York Times, News, PAUL KRUGMAN, Politics
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