The middle class never see any government program geared to them as ‘welfare’ but the recent story from Hawaii illustrates what will happen.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched.
Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.
“People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free,” said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. “I don’t believe that was the intent of the program.”
State officials said Thursday they will stop giving health coverage to the 2,000 children enrolled by November 1, but private partner Hawaii Medical Service Association will pay to extend their coverage through the end of the year without government support.
“We’re very disappointed in the state’s decision, and it came as a complete surprise to us,” said Jennifer Diesman, a spokeswoman for HMSA, the state’s largest health care provider. “We believe the program is working, and given Hawaii’s economic uncertainty, we don’t think now is the time to cut all funding for this kind of program.”
It isn’t free, nothing is free. I’m not against coverage for those who truly need it, SCHIP for pregnant women (SCHIP doesn’t cover them), but as someone who goes without and is grateful her family can pay the bills, I’m sick of people who are let’s say over-extended on material things and complain they can’t afford the basics.
Christmas is coming, and guess what my children aren’t getting much at all. You don’t need to spend 500 dollars on each child, because they won’t ‘have a Christmas’ if you don’t. Go to Church and reflect, buy gifts to a teenager in foster care, or special expensive formula for a baby with a medical condition. That’s Christmas!
I know there were previous threads that the economy was doing well, based on the full parking lots at the malls and such, but we have a responsibility to ourselves as adults. We treat our paychecks, like it’s suppose to be our play money. As if the government is suppose to pay for the boring responsible stuff like your child’s health care, while you rack up on stuff you child will forget about in March.
I’ll cool off now.