More on SCHIP [David Freddoso]
From a reader:
I am still reeling from your comment to the effect that a family of four earning $50,000 a year ought to be able to afford health insurance.
Maybe we should also make these people eligible for food stamps, housing subsidies, and free cigarettes. Why should anyone have to pay for anything anymore?
Come on, people! We're talking about whether the government should pay for your two kids' health insurance plans when you make more than $51,000 a year (more than the new national median income). I know that health insurance is not cheap, but neither are your mortgage and car insurance. You're not going to ask the government to pay for those too, are you?
(I can already hear the answers coming in, so I'll get it out of the way now: those who cannot buy insurance for health reasons represent a separate problem that has a separate solution, not SCHIP.)
The Middle Class and Health Care [Ramesh Ponnuru]
David, I'm working on an article on health care for the next issue of NR. I'm slightly more sympathetic than you to middle-income families looking for relief from their health-care bills. But I'd look for a different solution than expanding S-Chip. Some of the states where health insurance is the most expensive are also states that have piled up the most mandates on insurance. It also appears that S-Chip itself helps to drive up the cost of private health insurance.