10.10.2007

It's not that its harassment

It's that you are wrong. (And don't misunderstand, it is still thuggish harassment.)

Update: The reason that you and other conservatives are wrong on the issue of the Frosts is because you are not making realistic judgments regarding their financial situation.

Take the quibble over private schools for example. It's well known among those in the Baltimore area that many of our public schools are not up to par, and that many parents, regardless of financial concerns, do whatever is necessary to get their children a quality education. There is nothing wrong with parents making the best choices for their children.

On to the issue of Mr. Frost's home, which has elicited some strange comments from conservatives. They seem to care more about the square footage of the home, or the fact that a completely different home was sold nearby for a hefty sum. They then go on to argue that Mr. Frost should have sold his home, or borrowed against it to pay his children's outrageous hospital bills. What a wonderful recipe for financial disaster.

They didn't just suggest that he sell his home however, but also that he sell his business, his automobile, and pull his now partially disabled children out of private school. Yes, instead of use a government program, conservatives suggested that Mr. Frost take the steps toward financial disaster. It would be nothing new for a person's medical bills to drive them into poverty, but for conservatives to offer it as a valid and, dare I say, noble act when compared to taking advantage of a widely used government program, is just silly.

You see, the Frosts today are still successful, contributing members of society. I wish Baltimore City had more of them, and if SCHIP helped them avoid financial disaster, then the program is a success. If expanding it will help other families, I support expanding it.

Now, are there problems with the bill? Yeah, the tobacco tax, a declining revenue source, is not a good way to fund this. However, I don't see those arguments from conservatives anymore. All I see is an angry misunderstanding about the reality of living in Baltimore City while raising four children, when in an instant, a car accident changes your lives forever.

4 comments:

Mark Newgent said...

If that is your proof that I am wrong, then thanks again for proving my point.

Eventually you will realize that bumper stickers are not a substitute for real intellectual argument.

I won't hold my breath.

Mark Newgent said...

Again you are fighting against an argument no one made.

The children's tuition to the Park school is either paid for by their grand parents or through scholarships. So your point is moot.

The Frosts are an example of why the Democratic EXPANSION of SCHIP is not a good idea. The Democratic plan would expand SCHIP far beyond its original intention and become a first step to socialized medicine. This is what you really want, but your side lost so they trotted out a child and his family to act as human shield from critcism. It didn't work. You can't win in the substantive policy debate so you try to shut down the debate by accusing us smear campaigns. Please, people see right through it.

The Frost's made choices, they have to live by them. They chose not insure their children, when they clearly could have.

I don't begrudge them using SCHIP as it is currently constituted because of the tragic accident. They certainly deserve sympathy.
And I certainly deplore the more intemperate comments made by some bloggers. However they are not indicative of the conservative argument against expanding SCHIP.

Given the real nature of their financial situation where they can clearly afford health insurance, they are, in the same political context, a prime example of the case against expanding SCHIP.

Andrew Kujan said...

I agree that this bill is setting the table for socialized health care, and hurrah for that. This bill is more of a necessary subsidy for private insurance companies, its a stop gap measure, until we get a Democratic President and can pass some form of universal coverage.

I know that upsets you, but for supporters of universal health care, people who believe health care is a right, this is good bill, and Frosts are just the kind of people who need SCHIP.

Russel Kujan said...

1. The cost of insuring a US citizen, like Graeme Frost through a program like MCHIP, is less expensive for taxpayers than letting him go unisured and receive care at the emergency department. Yes, it's more expensive for the public to have an unisured population.

2. Insurance providers ( aka the market) have failed to provide affordable insurance products to low (and middle) income citizens -- more than 45 million are uninsured because it isn't profitable for the insurers.

Considering these facts, why shouldn't we look towards socialized medicine.