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God’s Politics – Jim Wallis blog, faith blog, religion, christian, christianity, politics, values

Over the weekend, conservative Republican leaders began to “spin” President Bush’s expected veto of children’s heath insurance (SCHIP). They said it would cover children in families with incomes up to $83,000 per year. A Washington Post op-ed points out that “up to” is the slippery phrase. The Urban Institute estimates that 70 % of children covered would come from families with incomes less than $41,300, and most of the rest from families earning less than $62,000, not a luxurious income for a family of four in places with high costs of living. They said it would take children off private health insurance and move then to “government-run” health care. Wrong again. About 2/3 of the approximately 10 million children who would be covered now have no health insurance whatsoever. And, the SCHIP program is a government-financed program, not a government-run program.

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Religion to thank for high employment rates, study shows -Times Online

Those lucky enough to be living in countries with high employment might want to credit their governments for the economic prosperity they enjoy. But new research indicates the credit, at least in some cases, belongs elsewhere – with religion.

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