My child the commie, part II

I picked up PalKid from Sunday school and asked her what she’d done that day.


It starts early.

I looked through her work and it was about charity, about what specific things people—even kids—can do to help others.

“You know, Daddy does some charity work.”

“What do you do, give money?” she  asked.

“Sometimes, but most of what I do is something called ‘Project Chessed’, where I see some patients for free.”

“What do you mean??  People have to pay someone if they’re sick??”


“But…but what if they’re really, really sick? Do they still have to pay?” She was incredulous.

I thought about how to explain this to a bright seven-year old.

“Honey, if someone is really, really sick, they’ll get taken care of but they’ll get a bill.  I make money by taking care of people.”

I felt somehow a bit unclean after saying that.

“So,” I explained, “people buy insurance if they can, and that pays for doctors and such.  But a lot of people can’t afford that.  In some countries, people pay taxes and those taxes pay for all their health care so they don’t have to worry about it if they get sick.”

“That sounds better,” she said. “Is Obama going to fix that?”

“No, honey, he’s not.  He made some fixes, but nothing like that.”

“But why not? It’s stupid!”

Yep, that it is.


  1. D. C. Sessions

     /  November 2, 2011

    Sounds like PalKid already understands the difference between charity and tzadekah. You have a right to be proud.

  2. My eight-year-old is appalled that there is a hospital bill associated with my dad’s unexpected death. He can’t believe that they charge even when someone who has no money dies.

  3. That Palkid- she’s a smart one. 🙂

  4. Tsu Dho Nimh

     /  November 3, 2011

    Pinko socialist brat!


  5. anonymous for now

     /  November 4, 2011

    I had a somewhat similar conversation with my youngest when she was 4 years old. In one of the more embarrassing moments of my life, I came up short on cash at the grocery store checkout line. I had to choose what items to put back.

    My daughter’s words: “But everybody has to eat, why do you have to pay for food?”

    If you were a farmer would you feel “unclean” for charging for the wheat you grow?

    BUT what really irritates the living daylights out of me right now is that in at least one U.S. state, for at least one health issue, the uninsured are guaranteed full treatment at practically no cost while the insured apparently can’t get it at any price.

    Of course, I might have been lied to by the health professionals who told me that as the reason my son couldn’t get the treatment he needed.

    I buried him a week ago today.

  6. Unfortunately everything in life has some kind of cost, quite often monetary. I hate having to pay for my wife’s gallbladder surgery, even with insurance covering quite a bit of the cost. Is it fair to force one segment of our economy, arguably the largest segment of our economy, to take on staggering financial losses so people don’t have to worry about a bill when they get sick?

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