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A DIFFERING VIEW/SCHIP bill focuses on low-income children
Thursday, October 18 at 12:00 AM

The Rocky’s editorial, “An SCHIP compromise” (Oct. 16), reads like a page ripped from the Bush administration’s talking points on children’s health care. Both are dead wrong — the bipartisan SCHIP compromise bill is not an entitlement for the middle class.

Rather, it’s a block grant focusing on providing basic health care coverage to the poorest children in America. Supported by more than 60 House and Senate Republicans and the majority of the nation’s governors, this bill preserves coverage for 6.6 million children currently in the program, and provides new health coverage for 3.8 million low-income children who are eligible, but not enrolled.

The bill’s enrollment formula targets low-income kids who do not have insurance. The bill’s outreach efforts do not target families who already have private coverage, but instead focus on providing basic health care for low-income children who currently have none. The Bush administration recognizes the need for this program as well. In fact, it is the Bush administration that has granted countless waivers to states expanding SCHIP eligibility. The claim that this is one step closer to government-run health care is simply untrue.

It is shameful to deny health care to the poorest of America’s kids, including 116,000 kids in Colorado, while we spend millions of dollars on Iraqi health care. President Bush and his Republican colleagues should wise up and make the children of America a top priority.

Diana DeGette, a Democrat from Denver, represents Colorado’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.


READER COMMENTS

SCIP in Colorado had thousands of empty applications for low-income children to enroll. They even did a public service announcement on TV last year,letting people know they had plenty of money for low-income families to enroll their children.How could this be?

a. Parents are too stupid to fill out the forms.
b.Parents are too lazy to fill out the forms.
c.Parents don't want the headache of government healthcare.
d. They didn't have enough English interperters.
e.The beareaucratitic nightmare wasn't worth it.
f.Parents already had insurance for their children.
g.All of the above.

Mrs. DeGette ,please tell us the whole story and stop dragging the old and tired , " the poor pitiful children card ". It is getting old.

Posted by Can I get an AMEN! on October 18, 2007 07:45 AM

oh goodie dumgette is out to take money from our pockets with more lies.
schip works today and will tomorrow with out having to include all the new kiddies they want. the program is for kids and not those up to 25 or their parents or the like but for kids.
now please tell us why all of these other new members you want are so needy or is it that this is the back door way you and the rest of the 'progressives' see as the way to get socialized health care here?

Posted by on October 18, 2007 08:36 AM

Diana,
American Children First
in health care ,in education,in everything.
Second,
Anchor babies, the parents can pay for their care, they have jobs by using Americans S.S.#'s.

Posted by Americans First! on October 18, 2007 10:01 AM

To the people of the 1st Congressional district,

Are you sure Diana Degette is the person you want representing you in the House? I wonder if she backs Hillary's the $1000 to ever person in the US or the $5000 for every child born. She definitely seems to like socialized health care.

Posted by jgd777 on October 18, 2007 10:57 AM

I listened to C-Span last night featuring 4 reps from Congress all telling the American Public that this SCHIP Program is vastly needed for the lower income families. I don't have a problem with my tax dollars going to American Low Income Families getting medical care, I just don't believe them or this government when they try to tell me that my tax dollars and this program will not help illegal alien families. If they believe we are that stupid well....they need to wake up and smell the coffee. I know that illegal aliens who have obtained forged documents and or stolen documents will benefit more from this program than the truly needy families in this country. I know that since 8 states are giving licenses to these illegal aliens, and if you have a valid DL who needs to prove anything else to be in this program. It is a shame because the program could help thousands of kids that truly need the medical care, but they will shoved a side to help the millions of illegal aliens and their mass produced families.

Posted by Pam on October 18, 2007 11:18 AM

You know what, diane and all the other " represetatives " probably do think we are that dumb pam.

I wonder if we will prove them right ?

Posted by Fresh on October 18, 2007 11:30 AM

Shut-up Diane no one listens to you. Look at your poor track record. Taking up space is your greatest accomplishment...

Posted by on October 18, 2007 11:48 AM

Diane Degette

The House just failed to override Bush's veto, now it is time to go back to your cages and write a bill he can sign. A bill that doesn't include "adult children", and middle to high income children. Concentrate on getting the truly poor children covered and forget about trying to push this socialized health care down our throats.

Try to do something right for a change!

Posted by jgd777 on October 18, 2007 11:56 AM


While I have concerns about the SCHIP bill's form of funding (taking it from the pockets of the poorest), it would seem the "pro life" thing to do to support increased funding for better health for our children.

As for the undocumented workers' children--well, they're still children regardless of their parents' situations. If we are, indeed, a nation dedicated to "life" then it seems irrelevant what their citizenship is. Besides, anyone using an American's Social Security Number is putting money into a fund that they will never recover, our children will. So, we pay for their children's health care and they pay for our children's retirement. Sounds fair to me.

Posted by Sally on October 18, 2007 04:08 PM

Wow. People are so up-in-arms about the idea that 'illegal aliens' might have health coverage. WAKE UP!! You live in a society that must also consider the health of every person who lives along with unregistered or illgeal immigrants - if they're not healthy, guess what? NEITHER ARE YOU. You will presonally sacrifice thousands of tax dollars to fund a war that has no end (brilliant use of BILLIONS of dollars PER WEEK - sarcasm intended if you didn't catch that) but you won't take care of legitimate kids who need health care IN THIS COUNTRY. Perhaps you should leave the US & fight for "freedom" in countries that don't want western ideologies, instead of taking on the responsibility of dealing with serious problems in your own back yard. Keep your tired excuses of "illegal immigrants" for not shelling out the $.30 or even $30.00 via taxes to make our nation's health for real american citizens just a little bit better. Not "socialized", just "responsible".

Posted by KV on October 18, 2007 04:15 PM

How sad. The right wing zealots "don't believe" illegal immigrant kids don't get benefits. It matters little what the truth is, they want to believe in their fairy tales. Well, children born here of illegal immigrants are legal citizens. This is not, in any way, shape, or form, socialized medicine. The government doesn't decide who gets what treatment. It is a program to pay for health care for children who live in homes where the parent or parents cannot afford $800 - $1000/mo premiums for health care plans. There are hundreds of thousands of Colorado residents who don't have access to employer provided healthcare plans. If you think a family can get a decent health care plan for less than $800/mo, you are dreaming.

Posted by mswj on October 18, 2007 05:14 PM

The GOP commentors are so good at degrading people's character they never really get around to suggesting a viable solution to a very real problem. They have too much fun tearing down those who are trying to solve problems, mostly to mask their own inadequacies in creative thinking. But then they had an excellent teacher - President Bush who learned from Karl Rove - the Masters of Deception. Ms. DeGette and the Dems made a good attempt at solving a viable problem, but now, rather throwing nasty glances along with dishes, pots, pans whatever else you can get your hands on it might be a good time to take a deep breath and come up with a viable compromise. Your GOP leader (the President) says he wishes to seek a compromise - perhaps you Republicans who think the President is a King might just follow suit and also make some good suggestions. I am sure you have some good ideas. Or maybe not. Why don't you show us whether you are actually capable of something other than the usual comebacks Republicans and Dittoheads spew out. Stop your childish whinning and help find a solution. I assume you are adults; try acting like adults. You might actually like being a part of a solution rather than being the problem that blocks solutions. Give it a try - just once.

Posted by Mark Heifner on October 18, 2007 07:51 PM

Bush, Chaney, and the rest of their goons in the Republican party are such a pitiful bunch that even the far right are shying away. With all the corruption and deception going on in their ranks this administration is incapable of doing something that makes sense, like taking care of little helpless children, the selfishness and greed takes over and they think only of continuing senseless wars to gain more power , stretching the law or trying to to write new laws so they can do whatever they want w/o regard to the people.

Posted by danl on October 18, 2007 09:09 PM

I have a suggestion, During the next five years why not try to get all of the children currently eligible enrolled in the SCHIP program. When 90% of the truly poor children are enrolled and covered, then you can propose adding adult children (over 18), illegal immigrate children, middle income children, and even some high income children.

If I am not mistaken that is exactly what President Bush is proposing. Sure sounds reasonable to me.

Posted by jgd777 on October 18, 2007 10:25 PM

danl,

you are a moron. I DO NOT WANT TO PAY FOR ILLEGALS, NOR ADULTS !!!! why cant you understand that ??????

this bill would cover a 25 year old ADULT that makes 70 G a year! it would also cover Illegal kids brought into this country on my dime! NO F'N WAY! you pay for em out of your pocket if you are so concerned!

Posted by Fresh on October 19, 2007 08:54 AM

Who would have guessed so many nazis would read your email?

Posted by erk on October 19, 2007 08:43 PM

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