Saturday, September 30, 2006

Minority Health Bill Usual Pittance for Poor

With much fanfare Senator Bill Frist joined with Senators Kennedy, Obama, and Bingaman to promote a $500 million minority health bill. With elections only 5 weeks away, tossing some pocket change toward the poor is timely.

Just a month ago the Census Bureau released statistics on the number of uninsured. It rose for the fifth straight year under the Bush administration to 46.6 million people, 21.3 million of which are Black or Hispanic. The money amounts to a whopping $23.47 per person. That’s not enough to cover a doctor’s office visit co-pay. Whoops, these are folks without health insurance! Be sure to write our good Senators about their generosity.

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