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Health care for children in the U.S.

The Bushites will not stop at elevating privatization of healthcare:

The Bush administration, continuing its fight to stop states from expanding the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, has adopted new standards that would make it much more difficult for New York, California and others to extend coverage to children in middle-income families.

Administration officials outlined the new standards in a letter sent to state health officials on Friday evening, in the middle of a month-long Congressional recess. In interviews, they said the changes were aimed at returning the Children’s Health Insurance Program to its original focus on low-income children and to make sure the program did not become a substitute for private health coverage.

A “substitute for private health coverage”?  I think what they mean is that they don’t want the profits of private health companies being compromised by more and more folks becoming eligible for the CHIP program. 

If thehealth care system in this country wasn’t so focused on greed and profit-making at the expense of the health care needs of very single person living in America, there would not be a need for programs like CHIP and there would be no competition for insurance companies because there would be NO insurance companies.  Imagine, EVERYONE receiving the health care they need, regardless of income.  What a concept.

The Bush Administration has left our children behind in many ways.  This is yet another example of how Americans are continuing to be screwed.

Oh the Pain, the agony………and worth it

At first I was dreading May 11. Then I was dreading March 23 (yesterday) when May 11 got cancelled………the day for extracting my wisdom teeth.

The anticipation is like pulling teeth – pun intended.

Years without health insurance (I address healthcare issues in other articles in this blog) resulting in stopping any professional dental care took its toll. It was either crown them or pull them. Since the cost difference was substantial ($500 difference), I opted for the extractions.

As soon as I found out that the teeth needed to be yanked, I didn’t flinch when I was asked what kind of anesthesia – local, of course! I had no interest in being “put out” or being given gas. I’ve done it before. No problem. I had two cesarean births without being put under. I’ve had two knee operations without being put under. I’ve had other dental work done even without local anesthetic. I’m a tough gal (not the mention the fact that I sometimes still think I’m in my 20’s or 30’s, forgetting that time is marching on…..). I hate the recuperation (not the mention the cost) from the general anesthesia and just wanted to have to recuperate from the tooth pulling itself.
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