Saturday, October 27, 2007

State Children's Health Insurance

The best argument that something is possible, is that it already exists. The best argument that something can work, is that it is working. The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is a joint state-federal effort that subsidizes health coverage for 6.6 million people, mostly children, from families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford their own private coverage. A majority of Congress voted to extend coverage to another 4 million at a cost of $35 billion to be paid by raising the federal cigarette tax. Bush vetoed the bill arguing that it would “federalize health care,” read socialized medicine. One can argue about the extent of coverage, but Bush’s veto seems not concerned with specifics, but rather is based on simple ideological labels that seem to guide many of his decisions. The charge that some people who now buy private health insurance for their children would switch to the SCHIP does not mean the extension is not needed to help relatively low income people. Some of these people who are sacrificing a great deal to cover their children need help.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

In other words, the long-term health of lower-income children is worth less to George Bush than his standing in the party that elected him.
I believe that we have long since reached the point that the stimulus to business from tax-cutting is out-weighed by the damage to the health and education of the working populace, not to mention the difficulties caused by falling bridges.