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September 20, 2007

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JJ

If you'll notice he said poor children. There is a difference between saying it will hurt poor children and it will hurt all children. The thought process is that even though congress is increasing the total amount to be paid by the government they are also changing the income requirements, thus increasing the number of children eligible. In this case, there is at least the possibility (actually large possibility) that people who could otherwise afford health insurance on their own would dip into the government pool. This then causes a shortage in funds for poor children who couldn't otherwise afford insurance. So, yes, Congress may be increasing the funding, but that's only part of the story.

The Crux

Thanks for pointing that out. Admittedly, I'm a tad suspicious of what the president says about health coverage for poor children, because in July he said that his reason for wanting to increase Schip funding by only $5 billion is to protect insurance companies (my co-blogger posted about it at http://bucknakedpolitics.typepad.com/buck_naked_politics/2007/07/right-lets-not-.html).

The Crux

JJ: after your comment (and since my reply), I found a CBO report, estimating that Schip is already underfunded by $14 billion over the next few years. President Bush's plan is to increase funding by only $5 billion, meaning that the program will still be underfunded. Here's the report link (page 26 has the details).

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/80xx/doc8092/05-10-SCHIP.pdf#page=26

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