State Children’s Health Insurance Program of 1997

State Children’s Health Insurance Program of 1997

The 1997 State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) represented the most extensive expansion of the welfare state in decades. The program matches state health insurance funds for families with children. The program is intended to help impoverished families that aren't covered by Medicaid. The 2007, re-authorization bill provided $7 billion to SCHIP for two years, essentially maintaining the program at its previous levels without adding to the rolls. In 2009, a further $33 billion expansion of SCHIP passed, expanding coverage to 4 million children.

Cry Wolf Quotes

[The Democrats’] vision for the future: socialized medicine and Washington-run health care.

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Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), The New York Times.

[The bill] raises taxes on a narrow sector of the U.S. economy with the aim of funding a broad-based entitlement program, which is grossly unfair and burdensome to American businesses and consumers.

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R. Bruce Josten, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, letter to Congress.

[I am] confident that Congress will pass the Kennedy-Hatch KidCare bill, a first step toward the single-payer socialized medicine system that the NEA [National Education Association] has endorsed for years.

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From Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly

Democrats are making it clear that they intend to use our economic crisis to rush through their longtime liberal goals without public scrutiny or debate. ... This will increase burdens on taxpayers and take a significant step toward socialized medicine.

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Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), The Washington Times.