Democrats' SCHIP Budget Gimmick
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Promoted from diaries by Mark I.
We are less than one week from the scheduled Congressional vote to override President Bush’s veto of the massive 121% expansion in SCHIP spending, and we want to provide you with a key figure on what will happen in five years in terms of spending, according to the Democrats’ bill.
Under their plan for SCHIP, spending will drop from $13.9 billion in 2012 to only $7.8 billion in 2013.
So, as drafted, the Democrats’ proposal will lead to either billions of dollars in higher taxes in 2013 or millions of children losing their health care coverage. This is deceptive at best and malicious at worst.
President Bush supports a reasonable expansion of SCHIP in line with its original intent, putting poor children first. The bill the President vetoed in some cases covered families earning $83,000 a year, adults, and was the first step on the path toward an inefficient system of government-run healthcare.
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