Sunday, September 30, 2007


A successful effort by Congress to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) would require low-income Americans to subsidize health insurance for the middle and upper-middle classes, says David Hogberg, fellow and senior policy analyst at the National Center for Public Policy Research.

According to Hogberg:

*Both S-CHIP bills passed by Congress take the tax revenues from those under 200 percent of the poverty level and give it to those children who live in families above 200 percent of poverty, likely all the way up to 400 percent of the poverty level.
*It is not inconceivable that a parent with one child with an income of $13,690 will be funding benefits for two children in a family of four with an income of $82,600.
*S-CHIP expansion would result in families whose income puts them in the bottom 15 percent of households funding benefits for children who are in families close to the top 25 percent of households.

Hogberg also notes that Congress supports reimbursing states for S-CHIP expenses for middle and upper income children and young adults at a higher rate than it reimburses Medicaid expenses spent on the poor:

*In 2006, states spent a total of about $132 billion on Medicaid, while the federal government matched that with $165 billion.
*For that same year, states spent almost $2.4 billion on S-CHIP and the federal government sent the states $4.8 billion in matching funds.

Thus, the federal government spends two dollars on S-CHIP for every one dollar the states spend, says Hogberg. In short, the federal government spends proportionally more on the children in S-CHIP than it does on the poorer children in Medicaid.

Source: David Hogberg, "SCHIP Expansion: Socialized Medicine on the Installment Plan," National Center for Public Policy Research, September 2007.

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At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let them spend all they want on our people. Congress is bankrupting the country with this ridiculous war. How is it that Congress can always find a gazillion dollars for Iraq but not our own kids as well as the elderly?

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I question why we even have the SCHIP program and where/when did it come from. We should be abolishing programs like this instead of expanding them. How about some personal responsiblity in this country... I'm a conservative but sure not a compasionate one. The taxpayer's are being ripped off left and right, most recently from Katrina, a perfect example of not taking personal responsibility. Well a little history of the SCHIP program, explains it all:

"The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is a national program in the United States which was founded by Senator Ted Kennedy and First Lady (now a senator from New York) Hillary Rodham Clinton. The program provides health insurance for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet cannot afford to buy private insurance. The program was created to address the growing number of children in the United States without health insurance. At its creation in 1997, SCHIP was the largest expansion of health insurance coverage for children in the United States since Medicaid began in the 1960s. The statutory authority for SCHIP is under title XXI of the Social Security Act. "

Oh help us lord, if this woman becomes president and the Democrats retain control of the House and Senate! If we can just weed out the RINO's from the Republican party we might be able to save the country.

At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: Orlando Sentinel article, January 6, 2008, Your Money section G, "Family looks to stay afloat".

I read this and it burns me up the rip off's going on with this SCHIP program. The Rainey family of six; the father a self employed construction worker.

They own a 2,500 square foot home in Winter Park worth $350K. A rental home worth $147K they rent out, and a parcel of vacant land. Plus the toys needed such as a boat and ATV, to support his hunting and fishing hobby.. They can't afford health insurance though, but have their children covered under the free State insurance program.

Monthly household expenses run $4,131, or just less tha $50K a year, while 2007 income is expected to be about $38,839. (just about low enough to probably max out paying no income taxes but getting an earned income tax refund of a few thousand...) Mom can't work because she volunteers, and they have a 4 year old in preschool. (another free State program)

Give me a break! I have 3 kids. Our family income last year was approx. $62,000. Both my wife and I work, and pay health insurance for the family of $6,960 a year, which we still have a subtantial deductible. My wife would like to quit and do volunteer work at the school. We struggle to make payments on one home valued at $260K. I'd love to own a boat, and have time to go fishing, but can't afford the insurance, or gas to operate a boat. Give me a fricken break!!! I'm tired of paying for freeloaders, and that includes families as brazen as the Rainey's to rub this in my face, in the Sunday newspaper. Move into the smaller rental house, sell the mansion, the vacant lot, the boat, and ATV, have your wife get a job, and buy your health insurance instead of freeloading off of me!


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