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  •  It wasn't in reply to it at all. I just meant to (1+ / 0-)
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    mikidee

    say that we as a society have limited resources to expend on sick people. I think Democrats generally think this is a pretty bad way to run things, but as it is, it's not so strange that the limited resources that we have are given to children first, and then to parents of children, because it's generally a good idea to invest in children's nutrition, education, and health. And parents of children, especially young children are both burdened with the expenses of having children and (ideally) should be encouraged to spend some time away from the workplace parenting their children.

    I can see how it would seem like an affront when you don't have children and can't get medical care, but the monetary investments in children (SCHIP) and in the parents of children I think are just a way of allocating resources that are way too scarce in a way which is broadly attempting to do the most good.

    I think generally if you ask people who have had children if they are monetarily better off for having had them, very few would say that they are.

    •  Your thinking is exactly what I explained to (2+ / 0-)
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      cai, LucyandByron

      another commenter above (regarding how our health care economists discuss policy in Congressional hearings.).  

      Basically, they look at investing in children as good for the GDP and US growth.  I understand that, totally.  It's basically looking at this issue in terms of a commodity or human resource--an investment.  I get that part.

      But I suppose I differ that we cannot as a country afford to cover all of our citizens.  

      But thanks for the discussion.  Hey, "to each, their own."  I enjoy blogging because I enjoy exchanging ideas.  And actually it's sometimes more interesting and informative to discuss policy with folks that you have a little bit of policy differences with.  :-)

      Mollie

      “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:00:20 PM PST

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