Uninsured kids have Minnesota sliding down list

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 24, 2012 - 11:00 PM

It's down to No. 5 in a ranking of child-friendly states. Lack of insurance reflects recession, one researcher says.

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c20000Jul. 25, 12 6:19 AM

How is it that the SCHIP program (funded by evil tobacco) is never brought up in these types of articles.

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zztopfanJul. 25, 12 6:48 AM

It isn't because programs are not affordable and unavailable. It is because parents are not taking responsibility for parenting anymore - they assume that is the governments role.

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EleanoreJul. 25, 12 7:08 AM

Don't worry, someone else will pay for your choices, or have the cost stripped from them.

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Thumper5316Jul. 25, 12 7:16 AM

Could it be that those that are having the increasing number of children are only the ones that can't afford it? Let's talk about the birth rate to single women.

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sheprico1Jul. 25, 12 8:42 AM

this article was woefully short on details, much like all articles in the Strib in this same vein. I would like to know about the demographics involved. Is it minority children, is in immigrant children, is it white children from the suburbs? Without context or relative information this article is completely irrelevant because it does not provide any base line on which to compare.

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theolddogJul. 25, 12 8:58 AM

Some of these comments simply prove that secular Calvinism is the unofficial religion of the country. Instead of demonizing the poor, we need to look at correcting the situation. Either we recognize that each of us has a responsibility to the rest of us, or we admit we live in a pre-Hobbesian world of the war of each against all.

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EleanoreJul. 25, 12 9:28 AM

" would like to know about the demographics involved. Is it minority children, is in immigrant children, is it white children from the suburbs?" - That would be better for sure, but what would be best would be to remove skin color from the equation and compare economic status, education levels, and other individual choices. Skin color has nothing to do with insurance by itself. It's the associated factors where society needs to consider and discuss how much is societies issue, how much is personal choice and who is responsible to what degree. "minorities" don't enter into the picture unless you're speaking from a racist position (not saying you are, you make the good point). Moving away from skin color as a segmenter would be the progressive move to make.

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EleanoreJul. 25, 12 9:43 AM

An immediate thumbs down eh? I'm sure you're right, there must be a direct biological relationship between minority skin color (unless you live in a society where caucasion isn't the majority skin color, then a different biological constant applies)and "whatever", in this case health insurance. Do you people ever listen to how unsupportable your race based positions are?

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furweathrfnJul. 25, 1210:26 AM

I know a woman who is a single mother of 2 children living below the poverty level. She and her children WERE receiving healthcare through the state. I'm not positive which program. Anyway she and her children had their healthcare stripped from them by their social worker because the mother didn't know who the father of the second child was and the social worker accused her of lying about it. Is that legal? Does anyone out there know more about this than I? Didn't sound right to me when I heard the story. Why would social services make such a big deal about knowing who the father was?

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EleanoreJul. 25, 1210:32 AM

"Why would social services make such a big deal about knowing who the father was?" - Maybe because of some kind of means test, like the father should be paying for things if he has the money. Maybe he had the money and she was hiding him, because he was hiding it? Just a thought. If she says she doesn't know who the father is (as sad as that is), I'm surprised that a social worker can strip benefits from her based on his assumptions. If she qualifies she qualifies.

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