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Daily Health Policy Report
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Democratic, Republican Lawmakers Prepare Proposals That Would Expand State SCHIP Programs in 2007
[Dec 15, 2006]

Congress is discussing expanding state SCHIP programs, "a debate that could move... closer to universal health care for children...." SCHIP is set to expire 9/30.

Sen. John Kerry plans to refile his bill guaranteeing health coverage for all children through SCHIP and other programs. Sen. Snowe is working to address a $700 million SCHIP funding shortfall 2006. SCHIP will cost $5 billion this FY, $12 billion over the next five years to maintain current services.

http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=41691

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"It's for the CHILDREN!!!"

Where have we heard this before?

Of course they'll start with the "Children".

How could anyone dispute anything that's "for the Children"?

But trust these Stalinists to be at least one thing; consistantly incramentalist.

And make no doubt about it; this is just a launching point for their ultimate goal of universal Commie-Care.

Hitlarry Klintoon might have had to postpone her agenda for a little while - but I for one never assumed that it was ever going away. And now that the elections are over and socialism won, well whaddaya know; here it comes again!

No surprises here.

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Snowe, Clinton Introduce Legislation to Expand Access to Healthcare for Legal Immigrant Children
Bipartisan bill provides fiscal relief to states already offering these critical services

March 6, 2007

Washington, DC - Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) today introduced legislation restoring access to health care for legal immigrant children and pregnant women. Current law includes a five year waiting period for new legal immigrants before the federal government will reimburse states for providing Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) services.

[url=http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressRoom.PressRelea...

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What a great idea

Let's send them all to Walter Reed and the VA......

Oh, wait...

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I'd sure like to see who Olympia votes for for President.

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I'd sure like to see who Olympia votes for for President.
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I can place some bets...last name starts with a C..

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[i]Editor's Note: Is this as big a deal as the RWJF report would have us believe? If so, why isn't the solution to this problem for government to spend less so Mainers can have more money to insure kids, and also, for Maine government to enact free market reforms so health insurance in Maine is affordable.[/i]

3/14/07

Maine Kids Lacking Health Insurance

A report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that 1 out of every 14 kids in the state of Maine lacks any health insurance coverage

The news comes following a report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that also states that since 1997 offers of insurance by employers of parents with modest incomes have significantly declined.

http://www.dogflu.ca/03142007/12/maine_kids_lacking_health_insurance

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Why do children need health insurance?

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First, I don't believe this. Most of these kids qualify for Medicaid, I'm sure.

If if not - wasn't Dirigo supposed to solve this problem? Affordable Health Care For All?

Having failed completely at any task, the bureaucrats' answer is just plow in more money.

Government - the worse you do, the more you get.

It's like the Peter Priniciple on steriods.

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[quote="Mark T. Cenci"]Why do children need health insurance?[/quote]

As the proud parent of a kid that started of life with a six-figure health insurance bill.....well, do I even need to finish the sentence? Happily, the kid is now a teenager, but it will be another decade or so before the insurers catch up with my family in term of the premiums we've paid in.

And as to the 1 in 14 figure child uninsured rate....that's actually better than the adult population....which is 1 in 10 uninsured.

Of course both numbers are FAKE.

You really need to add back in the 22% of the population that are on MaineCare. We simply cannot say with a straight face that these folks actually have health insurance.....try making that statement to your local hospital administrator or physician. You're bound to see a lot of eyes rolling back into their sockets and tongues being swallowed.

The real number of uninsured in Maine is over 30% -- given the factor of gross underpayment of MaineCare bills, that's when the actually get around to actually paying them!!!!

Pardon the broken record, but the MaineCare DHHS disaster is absolutely central to the mess that is our state budget....a $1 BILLION hole in the ground. Because of this mess handed to us by "progressive" Democrats in the legislature and the Blame House, we cannot pave our roads, invest in the university system, educate our children properly, reduce property taxes, cut the income tax, cut the sales tax and on, and on, and on. Were it not for the lame-brain REGRESSIVE structure (imposed on us by "progressives") that is crippling government, enslaving the underclass and taxing the crap out of all of us (yes, including the underclass!) we could have good roads, a world class university system and k-12 system and lower taxes. Yes, lower taxes. Instead, Augusta is caught in a plague of figuring out how to come up with new taxes or "broadening" of others in a shell game SCAM to reduce others that are more visible.

The big yawning issue behaind all of this is health care and all the big promises made by "progressive" Democrats -- gone along with by weak-kneed Republicans and independents -- promises that are simply impossible to keep.

(pause for image of Titanic breaking in half after hitting ice berg!)

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The great majority of children do not need health insurance. It is not a crisis if every child does not have health insurance.

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Fun with numbers...

[i]1)Is this as big a deal as the RWJF report would have us believe?
2)If so, why isn't the solution to this problem for government to spend less so Mainers can have more money to insure kids, and also, for Maine government to enact free market reforms so health insurance in Maine is affordable. [/i]

1) Certainly to the RWJF it is!! (...and it should be to you, you heartless son-of-a-biscuit!)
"This [color=red]*[/color]report is being released in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s [i]Cover the Uninsured[/i] campaign, which in 2007, is focusing on the need for children to have health insurance."
[color=red]*[/color]Here's the actual report :
[url=http://covertheuninsured.org/media/research/WhoseKidsAreCovered.pdf]Whose Kids Are Covered?[/url] A State-by-State Look at Uninsured Children - March 2007

2) You just don't get it, do you!?!
[b]The gov't has to spend money to make money. The state has to enroll more eligible children in SCHIP in order to receive the federal kickback.[/b] In order to accomplish this goal, we had to promote DIRIGO, which is just a clearinghouse for determining who 'out there' may well be eligible for SCHIP and Medicaid/Mainecare (someone more knowledgeable can provide better info on this).
The whole idea in Maine (and elsewhere) IMO is to keep health insurance unaffordable for affected groups with the end result being the state getting more return on their investment.
It's not about empowering "the people" - heck, no! Not at all.

According to the [url=http://www.rwjf.org/newsroom/newsreleasesdetail.jsp?id=10481]News Release[/url] dated March 14, 2007 discussing this report:

[quote]--States with the highest percentage of uninsured children include Texas (20.3 percent), Florida (16.9 percent), New Mexico (16.6 percent), Nevada (16.4 percent) and Montana (16.2 percent).

--States with the lowest percentage of uninsured children are Vermont (5.6 percent), New Hampshire (6.0 percent), Michigan (6.1 percent), Hawaii (6.2 percent), Minnesota (6.5 percent) and Nebraska (6.5 percent).[/quote]

These percentages come from [url=http://covertheuninsured.org/media/research/WhoseKidsAreCovered.pdf]Table 3[/url] of the report.
What is Maine's percent of uninsured children?
[b]MAINE - (6.9 percent)[/b]
This is also one of the table's from which you can derive the stat of "1 out of every 14 kids in the state of Maine lacks any health insurance coverage".

Take a look at Table 4 if you want to have something to ponder!

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SCHIP: The Newest Entitlement

July 30, 2007

The Newest Entitlement

Schip is sailing toward a major expansion....

Schip expires in September without reauthorization. Congressional Democrats want to enlarge its $35 billion budget by at least $60 billion....

State Governors like it. Schip money is delivered as a matching block grant. States design their own insurance programs. Cost overruns are billed to the feds, responsible for about 70% of Schip's "matching rate." This offers incentives for states to make generous promises, shifting costs to the feds....

Source: [i]Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2007; Page A12[/i]

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The long term strategy for implementing universal health care in the US has been predominately the "pincher approach". Cover the elderly, cover the kids, then tighten up the middle until almost everyone is on government health care to begin with.

I recall a news report I saw on TV where parents unabashedly enrolled their kids in the SCHIP program to avoid paying for health insurance through their employer to cover them.

Removing people from the insurance rolls is a sure way to drive up the cost of insurance. Cover can provide more then enough details on how that works.

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[quote]. . . This offers incentives for states to make generous promises, shifting costs to the feds . . . .
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"[i]shifting costs to the feds[/i]"

Man, don't I love euphemisms! This sounds great. With the states and the feds fighting over which one of them's going to pay for it, working class taxpayers are in the clear!!!!

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MHPC Report: SCHIP Expansion would Cost Mainers Millions

PRESS RELEASE

The Maine Heritage Policy Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: JASON FORTIN (207) 321-2550 (o)
JULY 17, 2007

SCHIP Expansion would Cost Mainers Millions
A new policy paper reveals that the proposed increases being debated by Congress will dramatically affect Maine.

PORTLAND, ME – As Congress debates a dramatic expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a new report from The Maine Heritage Policy Center reveals the potential adverse effects such an expansion will have on the Maine budget and taxpayers.

The report, Maine’s Near-Universal Coverage for Children Makes SCHIP Expansion Unnecessary, was co-authored by Tarren Bragdon, director of health reform initiatives, and J. Scott Moody, vice president of policy and chief economist for The Maine Heritage Policy Center.

Analysis revealed that SCHIP expansion is unnecessary, would dramatically raise taxpayer costs for the already expensive Maine SCHIP, further raise premiums for those with private health insurance, and reduce Maine’s private sector share of personal income.

“Expanding the SCHIP program does not make sense for Maine as the state has an extremely low number of uninsured children without access to health coverage,” said Bragdon. “Additionally, the great costs to taxpayers and the negative effects that SCHIP has on the private insurance market will hurt Mainers.”

The report shows that almost every Maine child (under age 18 ) has health coverage or is eligible for Medicaid/SCHIP. Of all Maine children, 16,900, 6.1 percent, are uninsured and only 7,300, 2.6 percent, are uninsured and not already eligible for retroactive Medicaid/SCHIP coverage. Three-quarters of children who become uninsured will be re-insured within a year.

Additionally, analysis finds that expanding Maine SCHIP to 300 percent of poverty would not necessarily reduce the number of uninsured Maine children. Evidence shows that states with SCHIP income eligibility levels at 300 percent of poverty have similar rates of uninsured children, but many more children on Medicaid/SCHIP. Put simply, SCHIP crowds-out private sector health insurance.

“Expanding SCHIP does not guarantee a lower uninsured rate, only greater taxpayer costs,” said Bragdon. “Evidence from other states that have higher eligibility levels does not show a dramatic difference in uninsured rates, only a greater number of children receiving the government program.”

SCHIP/Medicaid underpayment causes a 13 percent increase in private insurance premiums. The combination of crowding-out and underpayment puts severe pressure on the private health insurance market.

“A SCHIP expansion will significantly impact the state budget and taxes,” said Moody. “The expansion being bandied about in Congress could cost Maine state taxpayers $25 million per year.”

Findings reveal significant costs to the state General Fund and Maine taxpayers. A five-year $75 billion federal SCHIP expansion, as some in Congress advocate, is not only unnecessary, but will likely result in higher Maine taxes. SCHIP expansion could mean up to a 294 percent increase in FY2006 Maine SCHIP spending, requiring an annual increase in state spending of $25 million.

“The proposed expansion would also negatively impact Maine’s private sector share of personal income,” said Moody. “Such a trend is unsustainable and must be arrested for the well-being of the state because only the private sector creates new income and wealth. The public sector can only, at best, redistribute what already exists in the system.”

Such a state spending increase will further erode Maine’s private sector share of personal income to 65.3 percent in 2013 from 66.1 percent in 2006 (latest year of actual data).

In the report, Bragdon and Moody propose a series of SCHIP-related policy recommendations for Maine. Included in those recommendations are:

• Do not expand SCHIP income eligibility beyond the current 200 percent of poverty, despite any increase in federal SCHIP funds.

• Allow child-only individual health insurance plans to be sold on a non-guaranteed issue basis, such as those available in Washington, D.C. Additionally, these plans should not be community-rated with adult individual health plans.

• Institute monthly premiums at four percent of family income for all Medicaid/SCHIP recipients (children and parents) earning more than 150 percent of poverty.

• Simplify SCHIP income eligibility. Make $42,500 the eligibility level for all Maine families, regardless of family size.

• Educate people about private health insurance availability, its costs, and facilitate enrollment in private plans if the families so desire, as part of any Medicaid/SCHIP outreach.

The report is available at: www.mainepolicy.org.

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Re: "It's for the CHILDREN!!!"

[quote="UncleJaque"]But trust these Stalinists to be at least one thing; consistantly incramentalist. ...[/quote]

I so needed a laugh today, thank you! Neither side of the aisle can throw the "incrementalist" mud with a straight face, or hadn't you noticed? Pots and kettles, boss, pots and kettles.

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[quote="Mark T. Cenci"]The great majority of children do not need health insurance. It is not a crisis if every child does not have health insurance.[/quote.]

Mark, of course they do encase they decide to have an abortion without their parents approval. :shock:

Actually, I agree with you. Insurance for my kids was off and on depending on my job or my husbands job. In most cases it is less expensive for healthy young people to pay out of pocket than to keep an astronomically expensive plan just in case of emergency. Socialized programs tend to incur more abuse and use for stupid things like sniffles and splinters that cost taxpayers big bucks.

Ron Paul has offered many solutions to the nations health care woes, those solutions can be found on his congressional websight of which I don't have the address right now.

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This is the kind of thing that just might persuade Hinckley's to put on a second shift.

A lot of physicians will be looking to upgrade their yachts if this comes to pass.

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Well, let's see...

[quote="Mark T. Cenci"]The great majority of children do not need health insurance. It is not a crisis if every child does not have health insurance.[/quote]That assumes they are born healthy.

If they find themselves entering the world plagued with spinobifida, a hole in their heart, or other serious birth defects and no medical coverage...there are three options.

1. Use medical welfare.

2. Pay cash

3. Die

Cover-me (as a professional in the industry) chose to do the responsible thing and pay a private sector entity to assume the risk of his baby's unhealty birth status.

What would you do?

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I think that is probably why Mark say's the "great majority" don't need health insurance Mike.

In a perfect world the noble notion of universal heath care for children as well as adults would be attainable, however this will never be a perfect world and the care for children with life threating illnesses would probably be far more selective than it is today. The costs would sore out of control as has happened with the projected costs with medicare and if we look north to Canada one can examine the failures of their expieriment in socialized medicine. The system we have today offers the best of care regardless of your ability to pay....also in many cases even the insured are denied certain treatments for life threatening illnessesand and we are left to rely on the magnaminity of our fellow man uncoereced by government promises.

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I knoooooooow....

But given no insurance, who pays for the live birth? That's got to set you back 6 to 10 grand (if not more)

The Socialists are the first to realize the need to ration health care, as can be seen by euthanasia and the denial of services to the elderly in the Netherlands.

Even here in Maine our Socialized program (MaineCare) is not all encompasing, and many doctors will not take MaineCare patients.

The other day, another insurance legislator was telling me about a friend of his from Italy who was telling him how great their universal coverage was. "But" she said, " everybody buys [u]supplemental coverage![/u]

After further questioning, it turns out that the supplemental coverage costs about the same as our private health insurance.

So not only do they have to suffer the burdensome tax consequences of a state-run healthcare program, if they are wealthy enough, they need to buy insurance too.

(Until I'm blue in the face) Four years ago, Fortis told me, "In an adverse market like Maine, an insurer has only three options":

1. Leave
2. Raise premiums
3. Reduce benefits

He further stated, "You have outrageous premiums and rotten benefits"

We know 10 or more carriers took option 1.

That conversation was several 20% premium increases ago.

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I knooooowww you know and I can imagine you are more frustrated than I am dealing with this issue and I'm preaching to the Choir!
Parents should pay for the live birth and yes it does set you back some, but that is why people should plan for these events. I think one of the major problems that has led us to this slide into socialism was Roosevelt new deal. Americans were proud and independent, they have slowly become indoctrinated to think that government will take care of them so their work ethic has declined immeasureably and pride has landed in the crapper.

Your knowledge of the person from Italy shows they are fortunate to be able to afford supplemental coverage to expand their options...most in Italy can not and they suffer the socialized medical system failures. I think that what we need to accomplish here is to prove the ultimate failures and costs of socialized medicine and to unequvically show people here that if you are not a person of means (most of us are not) then you will be subjected to formulas such as quality of adjusted life years or if you are young and impaired and will be a burden on society you will be kept comfortable until death takes you. I don't like the consequences of socialized medicine but these are the consequences of ill thought out plans...

Less and less doctors will take Maine care as time goes on and I can't say I blame them. Their overhead is astronomical and they didn't go into business to loose money...the smart one will leave until things change or we have none.

So, what do we do about it. First, stop enabling people. Make the qualifications for free handouts more difficult to obtain and hold the governors and legislators feet to the fire to PAY WHAT IS OWED instead of creating new social programs. Second, deregulate the insurance laws here and make it more profitable for compaines to operate. I know you are thinking easier said than done and I know you are trying and the majority of the nitwit legislators up thier just keep on voting for the same ole same ole leading us down this destructive path.

This is a very slippery slope we are on and most people have on blinders.

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Snowe Urges Reauthorization of State Children’s Health Insurance Program

August 1, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) took to the Senate floor tonight to urge her colleagues to reauthorize the federal program that provides health insurance coverage to more than 6 million children across America including more than 14,000 in Maine. Set to expire in September, the legislation before the Senate would reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program for an additional five years and would invest $35 billion to cover 3.2 million children currently not covered by the program.

“Time and again we talk about the value of setting partisan politics aside and working together to produce solutions for the problems confronting the American people,” Senator Snowe said in her floor speech. “If there was ever a time to turn our words into action, that time is now. The legislation facing us now, while neither perfect nor ideal, represents a strong consensus and response to a growing epidemic in our nation today which is a lack of health insurance among working Americans of limited means.

“The anguish of those who work hard to make ends meet, yet still cannot afford to pay for health coverage for their children is truly devastating. Parents without access to affordable health insurance for their children live with constant anxiety. They face decisions no parent should ever want to confront. That is why this SCHIP program has been such a saving grace for so many families. It has been the one remarkable program which has led to a substantial reduction in the number of uninsured.”

The compromise bill contains a number of priorities included in S.1224, the “Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act,” legislation Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Senator Snowe introduced in April.

These provisions include:

• Increasing income eligibility to families at 300 percent of poverty. This represents the right policy because it creates a broader safety-net that offers assistance to a greater number of families. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, fewer than half (47 percent) of parents in families earning less than $40,000 a year are offered health insurance through their employer—a 9 percent drop since 1997.

• Allowing states the option to cover pregnant women. While states can currently pursue a state plan amendment to offer pre-natal, labor, and delivery services, postpartum care is not reimbursable. Studies show that women who do not receive postpartum care are at a greater risk for a variety of health complications that make it difficult for a mother to properly care for her infant. In June, Senator Snowe, Senator Lincoln, Senator Lugar and Senator Bingaman and 15 additional Senators sent a letter to Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley asking for inclusion of this policy.

• Expanding health quality reporting. The bill contains a new quality initiative within the Department of Health and Human Services charged with developing and implementing quality measures and improving state reporting of quality data. In addition, the bill includes the Lincoln/Snowe amendment on quality reporting on reducing the number of children born pre-maturely

• Combating childhood obesity. The bill includes a Snowe amendment authorizing a $25 million demonstration project and instituting measures to fight childhood obesity. Over 15 percent of children in our country are obese. This has dire consequences for their long-term health and will put a strain on health care resources in the future.

SCHIP will expire on September 30th. The CBO predicts that nearly one million S-CHIP-covered children will become uninsured over the next five years without additional funds above baseline.

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On the spot for children's health

August 1, 2007

THE US SENATE is debating expansion of the federal/state health insurance program for children, but there is no doubt it will pass easily this week. The only question is whether it will gain enough Republican votes to override a veto promised by President Bush.

Snowe and Collins are already on board. Snowe, supported by Collins, proposed a more extensive expansion of the program even than the bipartisan leadership of the Finance Committee ultimately devised.

[url=http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2...

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[size=18]National Right to Life Committee urges Senate to adopt Allard Amendment to codify SCHIP "unborn child" rule[/size]
([url=http://www.nrlc.org/Docs/SCHIPAllardAmendmentLetter.html]The following letter was sent to most members of the U.S. Senate on August 1, 2007[/url])

[quote]The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) urges you to support an amendment to be offered to the SCHIP reauthorization bill by Senator Allard (amendment no. 2535), which would codify a 2002 regulation that recognizes an "unborn child" as a "child" eligible to receive SCHIP coverage.

NRLC intends to include the roll call on the Allard Amendment No. 2535 in its scorecard of key pro-life roll call votes for the 110th Congress.

The original SCHIP statute allowed states to provide coverage to "children," defined as "individuals who have not attained age 19." On October 2, 2002, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a Final Rule (42 CFR Part 457) that clarified that the term "child" included "the period from conception to birth." Thus, since 2002, states have had the option of providing SCHIP coverage to unborn children. Eleven states have exercised this option: AR, CA, IL, LA, MA, MI, MN, RI, TX, WA, and WI. (con't)[/quote]

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Children's Health Program Draws Support
Wednesday August 1, 2007 10:16 AM

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

Associated Press Writer

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said she was dismayed with Bush's veto talk. ``To stand in the way of these efforts that are presented to the Children's Health Insurance Program demonstrates, I think, a stark disregard for the wishes of the American people,'' Snowe said. “The public would hold us all accountable if we fail to reauthorize this program, but also to make future investments'' in it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6820046,00.html

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August 3, 2007

Senate Passes Health Bill For Children

WASHINGTON -- The Senate last night passed a children's health bill with enough votes to beat a veto, setting the stage for difficult talks with the House and a clash with Bush.

The 68-31 vote represented a strong show of support from Republicans on Democrats' top health-care issue of the year.

A White House spokesman said the veto threat would stand. The bill is too expensive and emphasizes government-financed coverage at the expense of private-sector options.

Source: [i]Wall Street Journal, By SARAH LUECK, August 3, 2007; Page A2[/i]

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And the government taketh away

Ed Feulner
August 3, 2007

Snowe’s bill extends SCHIP benefits to families earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level by boosting the federal tobacco tax 61 cents per pack. One problem: The only way the tax raises the required $35 billion is to get 22.4 million more folks smoking over the next decade.

Tens of thousands of middle-class families "poor" enough to qualify for SCHIP are "rich" enough to be socked with the Alternative Minimum Tax.

[url=http://washingtontimes.com/article/20070803/COMMENTARY/108030017]source[...

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Why should we have government health insurance for children. Let the free market take care of them.

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Governor balks at committing to SCHIP
By Mal Leary, Capitol News Service
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - Bangor Daily New

AUGUSTA, Maine — Baldacci said it’ll be difficult to fund [Maine’s] share of funding the [SCHIP] proposals.... [Maine] will lose revenue under either plan under consideration.

"[I]t makes sense … for...Maine to get three federal dollars for every state dollar," he said. "But...com[ing] up with a match, we’re going to have to discuss that with the Legislature..., establish priorities..., do it within available resources."

Maine would have to provide at least $25 million a year....

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