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July 2, 1997

Medicaid Coverage for Young Women and Children: Whose Welfare Is at Stake?

Author Affiliations

San Ramon, Calif

JAMA. 1997;278(1):24. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550010038031

To the Editor.  —The Editorial by Dr Swartz1 exhorted us, "We need to ensure adequate funding of Medicaid programs for children or we need to find another way to provide health insurance to young women and children." We need no such things. What we need to do is examine the unspoken assumptions of such exhortations, to examine the immoral assumptions of those who would take our money from our families to give to others.Apparently, at least part of Swartz's job at her academic bureaucracy is to promote more funding not only for the poor but presumably also for more academic bureaucracy. Funding such investments leaves my household and millions of other households of other working taxpayers with less money. Are not the funding of my son's household, my son's health care, and my son's education important? Are not the other working households at least as important as the households of those