Thank you for your email response regarding the expansion of the SCHIP program recently vetoed by the President. Although we disagree with you, we do appreciate hearing from you and getting your point of view.
No one denies the desirability of healthy children and adults. However, we view this as first and foremost the responsibility of parents and other adults. An income eligibility of 185 -200% of the federal poverty level ($20,650 for a family of four) plus and an exemption of most family assets clearly absolves many in the middle class from the responsibility for their own health care. Since the advent of health savings accounts, parents are in a better position to fund their own health insurance needs, especially for potentially catastrophic health care problems.
By exempting most of a family’s assets, we put them in a position to own one or more cars, their home, color TVs, cell phones and all manner of other luxury items. As a minimum, these folks should be required to use public transportation before they become eligible for SCHIP. We should not be relieving these folks of their personal responsibilities while depriving their neighbors of the opportunity to accumulate resources for their own health care needs and retirement. What SCHIP does is expand a welfare program just when we are trying to dig our way out the welfare mistakes of the past.
Families need to re-evaluate their priorities and make sure food, shelter and health care are at the top of the list, not somewhere below autos, TVs and cell phones.
Instead of thinking about how to increase welfare programs, we should be thinking about how to reduce the need for such programs. There are a number of ways to do this:
1. Eliminate any incentive parents might have for a family size beyond their means to support, educate and provide health care for. Tax-exemptions for children should be limited to two per family.
2. Pass legislation to curb the abuses of amendment 14 by requiring that at least one parent of a child to be a citizen before the child has birthright citizenship. Delay such citizenship until age 18.
3. Expeditiously repatriate many of the illegal aliens whose children claim benefits needed by other citizens. Minor children must accompany deported parents.
4. Make illegal presence in this country a felony.
5. Get on with the infrastructure improvements at the border using apprehended illegals to do some of the work.6. Deny entry into this country to those in need of medical treatment. Instead partner with our neighbors to the north and the south to create a string of triage and obstetrical hospitals within few miles of the border on their side both at the ports of entry and in between. Foreign nationals who present themselves at the border in need of medical care must be quickly transported to one of these hospitals by ambulance or helicopter as the case warrants. These hospitals should be staffed by Mexican or Canadian doctors and nurses.