"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." ~ Benjamin Franklin

It's all about perspective

>> Thursday, August 26, 2004

CNN reported today that more Americans are living in poverty and the number of uninsured in the US has also risen.

Near the bottom of the article you are given facts that almost negate the findings: 1)Census Bureau analyst Dan Weinberg said the results were typical of a post-recession period.

and

2) House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton, R-Texas, noted that while more people lost insurance, there also were about 1 million more Americans with coverage in 2003. Overall, 243 million people had insurance last year.

"The bottom line is this: More people in America have health coverage today than at any time in our nation's history and I think that's a fact worth noting, but we can always do more," he said.

What this tells me is that we have more people, either children being born to families already in poverty, immigrants & illegal aliens than we have in the past who bumped the census numbers up but have no insurance.

Which leads to my question: What happened to personal responsibility? If you can't afford to feed yourself don't have children. Duh. If you come to this country seeking a better life (legally) be happy you've been let in, many people are denied. If you are here illegally be happy we don't lock you up and ship your ass home (which is what
should happen).

Yes, insurance is expensive. But it is not a right, it is a priority. Or not. But the choice is ultimately your own.

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