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A letter to the editor in today’s Rapid City Journal:

Life in a pre-SCHIP home taught lessons

Life in a pre-SCHIP home taught lessons We need to look at life before SCHIP. I remember a lady in the 1930’s who lost her husband at a young age, leaving her with eight children, the oldest 12. She lived in a small town in a small house. She had no car and worked in grocery stores, the courthouse and in the local bank (years later) until her death.

The mother was too proud to accept commodities. She couldn’t afford health insurance for herself or children and the family had a radio and telephone and running water (you ran out to get it and ran in with it). They had an outside toilet (a 2-holer). There were no school lunch programs. Breakfast was usually dry cereal and lunch was “leftovers” from the previous evening meal. Remarkably, all eight children attended college, the three boys under the GI bill. The mother was still working beyond age 65, so drew no Social Security. How do I know all this? She was my mother. I learned from her, becoming a single parent with three small children (oldest was five). We had no health insurance for the children. SCHIP is unearned welfare — called socialism.


There is an irreplaceable dignity in doing things for your self, even in poverty. Having grown up poor, I know this.

Social welfare programs like SCHIP rob people of this dignity, and when they are extended to people making more than $80,0000 a year, it moves into the realm of the grossly absurd.

by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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by Ruby Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM
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We pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps and MADE things work for us.  When you have a safety net, you always know you've got a plan B, and don't need to be quite as vigilant.

by Julia on Dec. 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM
In Indiana its called Hoosier Healthwise.

Quoting Ktina11:

I believe Tennessee calls it TennCare

Quoting 1Giovanni:

I think it is like Oregon's healthy kids program. It is health insurance for kids. There is 3 insurances through this program..1. state paid for poor. 2. working families that can afford some cost. 3. For all families that just needs more affordable insurance for kids.

Quoting paganbaby:

Good question. A google search turned up squat :-/

Quoting turtle68:

 what is SCHIP?

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by Emerald Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Schip is not for people making $80,000 a year
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by Teflon Don on Dec. 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I never knew that!

Quoting All4Leyna:

You mean in the Western world? That is difficult to answer, because even in ancient times, welfare existed. I think this is an interesting question, but one that should be answered in scholarly way. I'd be interested what anthropologists, historians, or sociologists would have to say about societies without government assistance, and whether they were capitalists, socialists, a democracy, and so on, and how it worked as a system.

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by Silver Member on Dec. 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM
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my grandparents were poor and had NO assistance.  They also did not starve to death.  They had a huge family and grandpa worked double shifts, that is how it was done.

by on Dec. 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM
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SCHIP = State Children's Health Insurance Program

First thing google pulled up for me.  So, not sure why you didn't find it.  I also get a kick outa the fact you admit you know nothing about what you posted.

Quoting paganbaby:

Good question. A google search turned up squat :-/

Quoting turtle68:

 what is SCHIP?

by The Librarian on Dec. 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Before Welfare, everyone but the very rich simply died.

We are not really here, we are simply a figment of some rich autistic child looking into a rich persons snow-globe.

(for those too young to get the reference, look up St Elsewhere series Finale.)

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