Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Problem With SCHIP

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.


  1. Lester Mills7/25/2007 4:05 PM

    Ah, yes, “Do it for the children!”

    There is only one thing worse than creeping socialism, and that is creepy socialists.

  2. But, Andy, Wulfgar says the collective will is good. Don’t you want to be part of the collective will?

  3. anonymous,
    Thanks for that link. Very interesting and doesn't surprise me.

    big brother,
    If I wanted to be part of a collective will, I'd move to Cuba.

  4. Resistance is futile Andy. You will be assimulated.

  5. No Liberal Dope7/26/2007 1:42 PM

    “ClintonCare” is pretty funny, but not half as funny as “OxyClinton.” Have you guys seen that video? Google for it for a giggle.

  6. Liberal: Someone with a dumb idea looking for smart investors.

    (I have hundreds of definitions for a liberal! Enjoy! –LibDef)