On Wednesday, August 1, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved adding $50 billion to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Earlier in the day, Sutherland Institute’s adjunct scholar and health care expert, Sven Larson, was interviewed on KUER‘s “Radio West” asserting, “It is wrong to say that this reauthorization will actually expand coverage of health insurance to three-million more children. The problem with CHIP is that it has been around for ten years and it has not made a dent in the uninsured problem.” Larson said that since 1997, there are 92,000 more children on government health insurance in Utah. At the same time, there are fewer children privately insured. Larson added, worse still is that 10,000 more children are uninsured in Utah today than in 1997. In his book, A Prescription for 2008, Larson shows that the more government gets involved in health care, the more health care costs increase and the less health care children actually receive.
The Sutherland Institute claims the solution to our uninsured problem is through providing universal health care to our neighbors in need by means of an entirely voluntary system of authentic charity care. The benefits of this system are highlighted in Sutherland’s policy report, To the Least of These: A Moral Case for Providing Authentic Charity.
[Larson’s radio interview is approximately 1/3 of the way through the “Radio West” program, which can be accessed by clicking here.]