Families should be self-sufficient
I'd like to respond to the recent column written by Andrew Dys regarding the children's health-care bill. The sad story at the beginning really got my attention, especially how Mr. Dys paints Gov. Sanford as an uncaring monster who would see children not get medical attention. Then he explained the bill, saying it would cover children whose parents make between $30,975 and $41,300, and that Sanford is asking that parents pay a co-pay for medical treatment of their children. The governor is willing to help these families, but also asks them to be responsible for themselves.
Then I realized that my family would fall into this category. My husband works, and I stay home with our two children. We are a one-income family and fall within that income range. Because we planned and have not purchased things that are out of our income level, we can afford to live comfortably. We live in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. We do not have a new car or the latest tech stuff. But our kids are insured, as are we. We have sacrificed and planned so that we could support our family without government help.
I understand that things happen, and sometimes we all need a hand up. What I cannot understand is the mentality that the government should take care of us or our children. We do not need a government health plan. Options are what we need. The people who fall into this income range are not poverty level, so a co-pay is perfectly reasonable. Almost all health insurance requires one, so why would you not expect one with this plan?