Covering 120,000 NC Kids – Why are Dole, Burr, Bush standing in the way?

libby_dole_plastic_surgery_1_thumb13.jpgIt looks like Congress is close to bipartisan agreement on substantial new funding for state children’s health insurance programs – between $35 and $50 billion over the next five years.  While Senators Burr and Dole have already voted once against the Senate version of this bill, they will have another chance to vote on the bipartisan agreement.  Don’t hold your breath for a “yes” from them for kids.

For his part, President Bush, apparently convinced that Republicans have no political problems, is threatening to veto this attempt to expand health coverage for children.  I guess he figures this is just as popular a stance as maintaining our troop presence in Iraq.  Good thing everything’s getting so much better there – isn’t that why US State Department personnel are now restricted to the Green Zone today?

Back in North Carolina, the new federal money would mean that we could nearly double the number of kids enrolled in Health Choice, our version of the children’s health insurance program.  The bills under consideration would provide for very attractive financial incentives for states to enroll kids – most of whom are now eligible for Medicaid or Health Choice, but not enrolled.

In fact, FamiliesUSA estimates that NC would enroll between 123,000 and 150,000 more kids depending on which bill passed.  And, of course, we would have more money and an easier time enrolling kids in our new Kid Care affordable health program for parents who make a little too much to qualify for Health Choice.


  1. James

    September 19, 2007 at 6:29 pm


    Because 120,000 NC kids can do nothing to help them achieve their prime directive: get more money and power for themselves and their friends.

  2. Adam Searing

    September 19, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    That’s becoming increasingly clear – I don’t know why I express amazement about it any more. These guys could care less about building a better country.

  3. Jim Stegall

    September 19, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Perhaps it would temper your amazement to reflect on the fact that human beings often have different ideas about what constitutes “a better country,” and that far from being symptomatic of sinister intentions these differing views are vital to a functioning democracy.

  4. JN

    September 20, 2007 at 10:18 am

    I, for one, am not amazed at the fact that humans often have different ideas about what constitutes a better country. What amazes me, is that otherwise seemingly intelligent folks believe that spending money to insure kids’ health is a bad thing, especially when considering that the House of Representatives recently passed a $460 billion defense bill for 2008, which did not include the $142 billion that the administration sought to continue the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for the coming year.

    When broken down, this $460 billion equates to spending more than $14,000 a second, every second of the year, on defense. Hmmm… This makes $35-50 billion over 5 years seem like a drop in the bucket.

    Then again, perhaps I’m just jaded from all the news I’m bombarded with from the liberal MSM. I’m sure the Repubs who do not support this initiative have nothing but the best intention for America’s children.

  5. Gordon Smith

    September 21, 2007 at 8:36 am

    “Children are weak, vulnerable little widgets that have to either live free or die hard.” – Quote from entirely invented imaginary Republican who hates SCHIP.

    Jim might think that the free market ought to take care of those children whose parents can’t afford health insurance for them. These kids are the ones whose parents are working jobs that don’t provide insurance and don’t pay enough for the parent to get the kids any decent insurance.

    I heard some Bushie yesterday say that this bill is a freebie for “well-off” families. Huh? I’m not sure how having no insurance makes you well-off…

  6. Max

    September 24, 2007 at 10:59 am

    You guys are serious about helping me and my family get schip. We’ll thanks, but we don’t need your (goverment extorted) pity!

  7. Adam Searing

    September 24, 2007 at 11:55 am

    I don’t pity anyone – I just want there to be a health insurance plan out there that families can afford to buy for their kids – regardless of what their income is or if they have a kid with a serious illness who no private plan will take.

  8. Joseph Coletti

    September 24, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    So why expand SCHIP? We’ll have a high-risk pool online in the near future to handle those situations and as you’ve noted yourself, most children can get insurance that doctors will actually accept for less in the private market.

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