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ABC: Bush To “Reign In” Kids’ Health Care

From the always beneficent with your tax dollars reporters at ABC News:

Millions of American children are in families who make too much to qualify for Medicare, but too little to afford private insurance. The White House opposes Congress’ bid to provide billions of dollars for children to have insurance.

D.C. Politics Over Kids’ Health Care

While Congress Wants to Add Money, Bush Says No Way

From World News with Charles Gibson

Aug. 26, 2007

A major battle is brewing in Washington over children and health care.

Nine million children nationwide are without insurance. As high as that number is, it was much higher ten years ago. That’s when the State Children’s Health Insurance Program was launched.
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SCHIP has provided insurance to millions of American children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicare, but too little to afford private insurance.

The program is supported by Republicans and Democratic governors alike. Congress wants to add billions more dollars to the program to expand its reach. But the White House opposes the expansion. A new move by the Bush administration could limit federal funding for the program.

The debate comes down to ideology: should the government be the vehicle for expanding health coverage, or is that best left to the marketplace?

Bakersfield, Calif., resident Russell Lacey and his wife make around $50,000 a year. They say their two sons would not be insured if it were not for SCHIP.

Over the past decade, states have gradually expanded who is eligible for the SCHIP.

In New Jersey, for example, families earning nearly $73,000 qualify for the program. Cases like that have become a point of contention.

“The program is going beyond the initial intent of helping poor children,” President Bush recently told an audience in Cleveland. “It’s now aiming at encouraging more people to get on government health care.”

Now, the Bush administration wants to reign in the program, but states coping with spiraling health care costs are furious.

“When everyone’s pulling their hair out about health care, and we’ve got a ready-made program that’s working for us, we shouldn’t change something that’s working,” said Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey…

It’s not just the ham-fisted propaganda in this article that is so offensive.

It’s being lectured to by someone who doesn’t know the difference between “reign” and “rein.”

Hilariously ABC News filed this under a section on their website called “The Agenda.”

At least they got that part right, however inadvertently.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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