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Health Care Costs Starting to Affect Education

As we head closer to spending $3 trillion on health care you will see more and more industries affected. It has already seriously affected the auto industry and now it appears health care costs have crept into the school room.

Many school finance officers say escalating insurance costs have hurt schools' ability to put in place the new federal education law, which demands yearly progress among all students. The money has to come from somewhere. It comes from staffing, from equipment, from supplies. The increase in health insurance costs reduces the school's ability to appropriately educate students. I am no fan of tax payer-financed public education, but adding outrageous subsidies to drug companies is only going to make a bad situation even worse. But this is exactly what we need. The United States has to feel some serious pain before people are mobilized to change.

Interestingly, one of my favorite bloggers, Dana - Get a Clue -Blankenhorn, wrote a column on this issue today. He is a long time web journalist about my age and he and his family are using $1500 worth of drugs a month and they are a typical family with no extraordinary expenses. This is insanity gone wild to enrich the drug companies. It just can't go on much longer before it bankrupts the economy.

Arizona Daily Sun March 14, 2004

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