The Bush administration, continuing its fight to stop states from expanding the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, has adopted new standards that would make it much more difficult for New York, California and others to extend coverage to children in middle-income families.
Administration officials outlined the new standards in a letter sent to state health officials on Friday evening, in the middle of a month-long Congressional recess. In interviews, they said the changes were aimed at returning the Children’s Health Insurance Program to its original focus on low-income children and to make sure the program did not become a substitute for private health coverage.
A “substitute for private health coverage”? I think what they mean is that they don’t want the profits of private health companies being compromised by more and more folks becoming eligible for the CHIP program.
If thehealth care system in this country wasn’t so focused on greed and profit-making at the expense of the health care needs of very single person living in America, there would not be a need for programs like CHIP and there would be no competition for insurance companies because there would be NO insurance companies. Imagine, EVERYONE receiving the health care they need, regardless of income. What a concept.
The Bush Administration has left our children behind in many ways. This is yet another example of how Americans are continuing to be screwed.