Answer Yourself! A blog by Sukhpreet Singh

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4th October 2007

Is President Bush trying to do things right, or the right things?

In October 8th issue of TIME, I read this:

$500,000 is the amount the Iraq war costs per minute, according to a joint analysis by a Nobel-prizewinning economist and a Harvard scholar, who noted that the amount spent on war each day could pay for health care for 423,529 children.War Money being wasted

President Bush recently vetoed SCHIP – State Children’s Health Insurance Program – bill. SCHIP currently covers about 6 million children in families that earn too much to qualify for the Medicaid program for the poor, but not enough to afford their own, private health insurance. The bill the president vetoed would have added $35 billion to the program over the next five years — enough to cover about 10 million children total.

One of his reasoning is:
This program expands coverage, federal coverage, up to families earning $83,000 a year. That doesn’t sound poor to me.” This is not true – SCHIP would cover up to families earning $60,000 – a family of four.

The point is that he willing to splurge on Iraq War but if a program goes out to help an extra 4 million kids, thats not acceptable. Here is simple math that shows that the amount spent on war for an extra 9.45 days will be enough to get those 4 million kids the health coverage they need, which the President doesn’t agree with.

423,529 children can get health care by => 1 day’s worth of expenditure on Iraq war,
6,000,000 (6 million) children can get health care by => 14.2 day’s worth of expenditure on Iraq war , and
10,000,000 (10 million) children can get health care by => 23.6 day’s worth of expenditure on IraqConfused President war.

So to cover extra 4 million kids, its gonna take 9.45 day’s worth of money allocated towards Iraq war.

Is he trying to do things right or is he trying to do the right things?

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