SCHIP Expansion:
Socialized Medicine on the Installment Plan

While attempting to clarify my understanding of the pending SCHIP bills in Congress, I have been paying more attention to any related information I may find.

The overview explanation I'm referencing is the best synopsis I've read about SCHIP. I think I finally understand what our Congressional representatives are attempting. (Of course I don't have to like it any better now, than I did before.)

However, this review of the proposed federal SCHIP program expansion is a bit longer than just the "Conclusion" excerpt I have reproduced below.

The contents aren't difficult to comprehend, at all. If you do take the time to read it, this editorial can help you to understand SCHIP and its negative long term goals more clearly . I know that I'm really glad that I took the time to read it!. Click here to read the rest of the report.

Note: You will also find a listing of the various SCHIP bills introduced, below

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SCHIP Expansion: Socialized Medicine on the Installment Plan
by David Hogberg, Ph.D.
September 2007


On its face, it is difficult to understand why the political left would support this expansion of SCHIP. First, the expansion does not focus on low-income children, but rather extends benefits to those clearly in the middle class and a few in the upper class. Second, the expansion is funded by imposing taxes on the lower class. In short, SCHIP expansion results in the lower class paying for benefits of the middle and upper class—something that the political left should adamantly oppose.

But fairness has never been the primary concern of the political left on health care. The primary concern has been achieving a universal, government-run system. Providing near universal coverage for children, and funding it via cigarette taxes, is a big step toward achieving that goal. “Children” are an effective propaganda tool. Anyone who opposes providing coverage for children can be attacked as heartless and cruel. Cigarette taxes are one of the few types of taxes that the public will not oppose. Indeed, anyone who opposes cigarette taxes can be attacked as being “pro tobacco.” The thinking of the political left seems to be that if government covers enough children of enough people high up the income ladder, then eventually enough of the public will be supportive of extending such government insurance to everyone. Call it “socialized medicine on the installment plan.”

Given how poorly universal, government-run health care systems work in many other nations, such a system is not the route the United States should travel. Thus, we should not allow SCHIP to be used as a stepping stone toward such a system. SCHIP should be returned to its original purpose of covering only children in families making no more than 200 percent of the poverty level.

David Hogberg, Ph.D. is a health care policy expert and former senior fellow and senior policy analyst at the National Center for Public Policy Research. September 2007.'

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There are 5 versions of Bill Number H.R.976 for the 110th Congress

1 . Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007 (Introduced in House)[H.R.976.IH]
2 . Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007 (Reported in House)[H.R.976.RH]
3 . Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007 (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)[H.R.976.EH]
4 . Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007 (Placed on Calendar in Senate)[H.R.976.PCS]
5 . Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (Engrossed Amendment as Agreed to by Senate)[H.R.976.EAS]

Title: An act to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] (introduced 2/9/2007)
Cosponsors (72)
Related Bills: H.RES.161, H.R.3162
Latest Major Action: 8/2/2007 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Passed Senate with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Yea-Nay Vote. 68 - 31. Record Vote Number: 307.

Title: To amend titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the children's health insurance program, to improve beneficiary protections under the Medicare, Medicaid, and the CHIP program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Dingell, John D. [MI-15] (introduced 7/24/2007)
Cosponsors (12)
Related Bills: H.RES.594, H.R.976, S.1893
Latest Major Action: 9/4/2007 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 338.
House Reports: 110-284 Part 1

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