[ Wednesday, February 25, 2009 ]


Slightly Off topic: what happens if you pass a bill to put 4 million uninsured children on a governmental child insurance program, but they don't sign up? One thing never, never, never mentioned in the uninsured/underinsured debate is how many are that way by choice. Can't afford it? Hey, I know people making $200,000 a year who "can't afford" to pay their taxes; "can't afford it" can be as low a bar as you want it to be. Here's an example of what I'm talking about. There was a story (LA Times, I think) a few years ago about how much of the CHIP money in California was spent not on providing care, but sending social workers into the community to try to sign people up (for basically free insurance). They had a hard time getting takers.

Jeff [3:58 PM]

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