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Republicans Push Funding Cuts For Children’s Health Insurance Program

Sinpac 2012/05/09 23:32:40
Oh yes this is a good plan!
Despite the fact that many government health programs can save money and lives,
Republicans are still trying to chip away at the safety net for the
least fortunate. Recently, they turned to incentives designed to help
children gain access to better health care.

As part of an effort to reduce health spending by $115 billion,
Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted last week
to cut $400 million
from a program designed to make it easier for children in lower-income
families to gain insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health
Insurance Program (CHIP) and offer bonuses to states that see increases.
According to Politico, 23 states have received bonus money for
enrolling more children, with 16 of those boosting enrollment by more
than 10 percent. While the proposal’s immediate future is dim, opponents
say there is a chance it could resurface later on:

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  • Waldorf 2012/05/10 14:22:11
    Waldorf
    Oh yeah, let's play the "for the children" card. That'll set 'em back.
  • Sinpac Waldorf 2012/05/10 17:25:22
    Sinpac
    Oh Yeah lets play the I buy companies with other people money, gut them and fire all of the employees and and get a fat bonus check Card!
  • sjalan 2012/05/10 06:11:29
    sjalan
    +1
    The Republicans are going to do stuff like this just one time to many and then all hell is going to let loose.
  • rustyshackelford 2012/05/10 03:00:16
  • CA Gal 2012/05/10 01:47:58
    CA Gal
    +1
    Let's put through major cuts in our defense budget BEFORE going after the kids. We have enough nukes to blow up the world several times over. We have a bigger Navy than the top 7 countries of the world combined. If we made defense spending more efficient, less waste, then we would still be safe and kids could have medical coverage. too.
  • keymanjim 2012/05/09 23:40:31
    keymanjim
    Don't worry. You can make up the difference out of YOUR pocket.
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/05/09 23:58:52
    Sinpac
    +2
    I think what you fail to realize the Children's health care coverage is being paid for from a cigarette tax increase. remember? So where will the money be diverted to now?
  • keymanjim Sinpac 2012/05/10 00:05:21
    keymanjim
    Why is it being paid for through cigarette taxes when that money is suppose to go for future health treatment of smokers.
    At least, that's what they told us.
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/05/10 00:07:03
    Sinpac
    That was an earlier tax for future of health treatments. let me see if I can find it.
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/05/10 00:15:11
    Sinpac
    Obama Signs Kids' Health Insurance Bill
    State Children's Health Insurance Program Will Cover 4 Million More Children
    http://children.webmd.com/new...
  • keymanjim Sinpac 2012/05/10 00:18:53
    keymanjim
    That was a bad idea to attach spending to such a wide variable such as cigarette tax. The more you tax, the less people smoke. The less people smoke, the less tax is collected.
    It's doomed to failure from the start.
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/05/10 00:25:25
    Sinpac
    About 46 million Americans smoke, and the habit contributes to the deaths of an estimated 400,000 Americans every year due to lung cancer alone. A 40-year-decline in smoking leveled off about five years ago
  • keymanjim Sinpac 2012/05/10 00:43:01
    keymanjim
    Two words "Electronic Cigarettes"
    They are less expensive and less hazardous to your health than regular cigarettes. And, they aren't taxed.
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/05/10 00:45:37
    Sinpac
    Since I had my Stint put in a year ago that all I use. I do pay sales tax on the E-Juice
  • keymanjim Sinpac 2012/05/10 00:50:39
    keymanjim
    Yeah, but that goes to the state.
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/05/10 00:51:40 (edited)
    Sinpac
    true enough! not bitchin about that. What I was saying if they cut the Child insurance program does that mean the tax will be gone or redirected?
  • keymanjim Sinpac 2012/05/10 00:54:30
    keymanjim
    Probably redirected. Have you ever heard of a tax disappearing?
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/05/10 00:55:58
    Sinpac
    +1
    Hell No! lol
  • Hula girl - Friends not Fol... 2012/05/09 23:38:57
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    +1
    Lets take Hawaii as example. The State tried to get insurance for all the little children...isn't that nice? Wrong. The few that were uninsured still are and those that signed up were already on their parents insurance so they just dropped their kids off of their plan and made the rest of us pay the bill.

    Massive failure!

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/...
  • Sinpac Hula gi... 2012/05/09 23:59:20
    Sinpac
    I think what you fail to realize the Children's health care coverage is being paid for from a cigarette tax increase. remember? So where will the money be diverted to now?
  • Hula gi... Sinpac 2012/05/10 00:07:14
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    How about actually paying for DEBT
  • Sinpac Hula gi... 2012/05/10 00:16:57
    Sinpac
    +2
    Do you smoke? Why would it be fair for smoker to pay on the debt and not nonsmokers. Tax toilet paper everyone uses that!
  • Hula gi... Sinpac 2012/05/10 00:40:16 (edited)
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    So it's suppose to go to more debt? Wow, what a concept. Do the kids smoke? It's suppose to go to stop kids from smoking.
  • Sinpac Hula gi... 2012/05/10 00:46:41
    Sinpac
    +1
    You missed the whole point of the discussion. Sorry maybe next time
  • Hula gi... Sinpac 2012/05/10 01:15:59
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    No I didn't. Fact many of the programs aren't working. You state that cigarette tax was suppose to go towards children's heath but that's only partially true. It was suppose to go to awareness to to smoke and adverts for schools not to pay for childrens health care.

    The repubs are only cutting out wasteful spending...that's already been proven to be wasteful.
  • Sinpac Hula gi... 2012/05/10 01:32:37
    Sinpac
    there is no suppose about it it has!
  • Hula gi... Sinpac 2012/05/10 01:34:58
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    There is hundreds of millions going towards non smoking for kids but this isn't what was being cut.

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