SCHIP Put’s Us On A Slippery Slope!

SCHIP, or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
This program began life, innocently enough, in 1997, with a Republican controlled Congress, and Democrat President. It comes under the statutory authority of Title XXI of the Social Security Act, and was intended to provide insurance coverage for children of parents that could not afford health insurance for their children, even if the parents made too much money to apply for Medicare benefits. Congress originally funded this program for ten years, with a forty billion dollar budget, and gave states much flexibility in administering the program. They didn’t hesitate to do just that.
As you are reading this, the Senate is working on a new bill, before the current program expires on September 30. Based on early reports from the Senate, and their new proposal for a thirty five billion dollar program for five years, it would raise the tax on cigarettes by sixty one cents a pack, and provide coverage for some adults, as well. An aspect of the legislation that drew this response:

The Senate legislation expands the State Children’s Health Insurance Program beyond the original intent of the program, White House Spokesman Tony Fratto said Saturday.

“It’s clear that it will have the effect of encouraging many to drop private coverage — purchased either through their employer or with their own resources — to go on the government-subsidized program,” Fratto said. “Tax increases are neither necessary nor advisable to appropriately fund SCHIP.”

Taken from an article, Bush Veto Foreseen On Child Health Bill.
I agree that this program should exist, as it isn’t very costly in it’s current form, but the current attempt to expand this program is part of a plan, an example of incrementalism, from the long defunct HillaryCare program of the early 90’s. The liberals in our government have never given up on taking control of the health care industry in this country, but they know a bold, broad power grab, as attempted by Hillary in 1993, is an unrealistic, and unattainable goal.
Kimberley Strassel, at Opinion Journal, had an excellent piece on this issue last month.
She stated:

Schip is the first step. The program, with its $25 billion budget, was originally designed to provide insurance to only the poorest children. Democrats want to throw an additional $60 billion at it, expanding Schip’s rolls by three million. They would expand eligibility so much that as many as half joining would drop private insurance to do so. Even adults could sign up.

Next: Even as Democrats work to expand Schip to cover older Americans, they’d expand Medicare to cover younger Americans. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell is said to have recently floated the idea of allowing the struggling Big Three auto makers to enroll workers in Medicare at the age of 55, or 10 years early. Consider this a pilot program for dropping Medicare’s age limit overall and instantly subjecting tens of millions more Baby Boomers to the government’s tender care.

Democrats will meanwhile argue the only way to pay for Schip and other expanded programs is to gut Medicare Advantage and similar free-market reforms. See how clever? Swallow up ever more Americans into federal programs, banish any last vestiges of popular market plans, and voilà! It is Hillarycare! Only nobody ever had to use the dreaded word!

She goes on to discuss Senator Robert Bennett’s(R-Utah) proposal, Healthy American Act(S.334), which can be found in it’s entirety here. In summarizing his proposed legislation:

It all starts with tax reform that empowers the individual. From that, we can get portability, individual access, incentives for healthy behavior, and market forces. The Healthy Americans Act embraces these principles; that health care coverage can be affordable, the uninsured can be covered, and, not insignificantly, our economy will be strengthened.

Should the current SCHIP remain as is, or return to it’s original form, I could accept that. To see this program expanded, to become Hillary’s Cudzu plant, it will be a fast descent down a slippery slope, with much pain when we hit bottom.
Socialized medicine is not the answer for this nation, and it appears that it isn’t the answer for many countries that already have it. Let us continue to place our trust in a free market system, and find more strategies, like Sen. Bennett’s, that embrace what this country stands for, and helps find a viable solution to the dilemmas our health care industry faces.

*Update* From Free Thoughts. Dead Meat!

*Update*House Triples SCHIP Funding!

9 Responses

  1. I didn’t realize this was up for a vote. thanks for posting this
    I can’t remember where I read it, but it was a great one-liner…
    the best health care in Michael Moore’s cuban paradise – – – is at gitmo.

  2. Ha!
    It’s funny, cause it’s true.

    Yeah, the Schip has been used…shall we say…creatively, since it’s inception, and is, like so many government programs, ripe for misuse.

  3. At Junkfood Science, read Information Management for the Medical Professional:

    But more disturbing questions came to mind with this news. How many were aware that the HHS (Health and Human Services) was working towards creating a nationalized healthcare system? How many medical professionals feel their role is to tell people how to live their lives in accordance with the government’s definition of a healthy lifestyle, as she envisions?

    And what type of training will young medical and nursing students receive at a government educational system under her direction, given she’s brought us such government initiatives as:

    · The creation of a deadly obesity epidemic using unsound science and methodology. As Gerberding said when launching the HHS’ major anti-obesity initiative: “The biggest problem we face in America is not terrorism. The biggest health problem we’re facing is obesity.” After internal CDC researchers exposed Gerberding’s war on obesity as a grossly exaggerated and fabricated scare campaign, it was followed by all-out efforts to preserve an obesity crisis, spinning the data and, as Gerberding said, making sure the “correct” information was disseminated by the media.

    · The new clinical guidelines for the medical management of fat children, which, as we found, not one single recommendation was based on credible science.

    · Employer wellness programs, complete with preventive guidelines to have a healthier, more productive workforce, that Gerberding called “public health science research in action” — and we saw wasn’t evidence-based science.

    · The rushed adoption of name-based HIV reporting registries and HIV surveillance systems, despite research from the CDC itself that such mandates will mean significant numbers of patients won’t come forward for testing and treatment.

    · The avian flu panic and $3.8 billion to create a massive governmental bureaucracy under the HHS for the pandemic, ignoring research from her own CDC.

  4. That’s some spooky nanny state mumbo jumbo there, Swampie.
    Yeah, that’s what we need, more liberal group think for our medical students. As is they don’t get enough of that before med school, and from the AMA leadership.

  5. I wish I was surprised by this.

  6. hiya no2!..wowza..why dont we just empty our pockets and hand over ALL our earnings to the Dhimmicrats!

    Thanks Nuke for stoppin in..left u a comment!..Heh 🙂

  7. […] You can read an article about this here.  And you can read an excellent post on the ramifications of this written by one of WordPress’s finest here. […]

  8. […] The SCHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is up for reauthorization, and in typical idiocrat fashion, Max and the boys want to expand the program, by an increase of $50 billion above current funding levels over the next five years. And to pay for it, Max wants to put the squeeze on the tobacco teat. […]

  9. […] The SCHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is up for reauthorization, and in typical idiocrat fashion, Max and the boys want to expand the program, by an increase of $50 billion above current funding levels over the next five years. And to pay for it, Max wants to put the squeeze on the tobacco teat. […]

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