Proponents and supporters of the reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) are leaving out some very important and crucial information about the program that most people would find alarming.
First of all, SCHIP was created in 1997 to cover the health insurance of children in families that were not eligible for Medicaid. The income threshold was 200% of the poverty line, $40,300 for a family of four.
Seven states set eligibility to be over 200% of the poverty line and fourteen states loosely defined child to include parents, pregnant women, and childless adults.
Senators Clinton and Dingle like what these states are doing and have proposed bills that would allow states to establish the income threshold to 400% of the poverty line, $82,600 for a family of four and allow children to be defined to age 25.
The cost of Clinton/Dingle would be $85 Billion over five years compared to $25 Billion if the program were left as is. To pay for it, expect our taxes to increase.
This is clearly the first attempt at socializing our health care.