Wednesday, September 26, 2007,9:51 AM
Children and Health Care
I've posted on the amazing photography of Chris Jordan before. Now he has a challenging piece up called "Building Blocks" which depicts nine million wooden ABC blocks, equal to the number of American children with no health insurance coverage in 2007. (HT - Justice and Compassion). It is a sobering thought and as always his visual representation drives home the enormity of the problem. As our President threatens to veto the bipartisan bill the House passed yesterday which would expand health care insurance for children, this number is even more frightening. As Bush said in a press conference recently, he believes that healthcare decisions are best made between a patient and their doctor, without government interference. As Jon Stewart so aptly pointed out on The Daily Show - these kids don't have doctors because they don't have health insurance. So Mr. President we await your giving the children of America the finger and pray you develop some semblance of a conscience instead.






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  • At 9/26/2007 10:47:00 AM, Blogger jhimm

    the president and some GOP congresspersons are insisting this bill expands coverage to children previously not covered. bill supporters insist it doesn't.

    i wish there was a simple way to find out which side is lying short of trying to read the bill itself, which if you've ever tried, is rarely helpful to learning more about what the new law will actually -mean-.

     
  • At 9/26/2007 10:51:00 AM, Blogger Alaina Beth

    Julie,

    Thank you for bringing that picture onto your blog and into my life. I agree. We pray. I wish I believed there would actually be a change.

     
  • At 10/02/2007 09:46:00 PM, Anonymous Jack O'Green

    One summary of the bill is George Will's commentary in the current Newsweek--http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21047607/site/newsweek/.

    Presuming he's accurate in his assessment, the bill is dramatically over-generous with benefits (the "rest of us" paying taxes to support government insurance for those families making $83,000/year??) at a time when the gov't is already running a big deficit.

    No question kids need health care; big question on whether and how it should be funded by government. This bill is probably not the right way yet.

     
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