WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Office of Republican Whip Roy Blunt:
Later tonight, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a "compromise" SCHIP bill that weakens citizenship verification standards for illegal immigrants and uses budgetary gimmicks to capture new revenue -- all while increasing taxes and pushing people off private insurance and onto government-run health care. Here's just a sample of some of the more egregious elements of this bill:
Increases Taxpayer Liability for Illegal Immigrants
-- The bill allows illegal aliens to receive Medicaid by weakening
citizenship verification standards. Social Security Commissioner
Michael Astrue confirmed that the procedures outlined in the Senate
passed bill -- and included in the "compromise" bill -- will not
prevent an illegal alien from fraudulently using another person's
name and Social Security number to obtain Medicaid or SCHIP
benefits. (September 24, 2007 letter from SSA)
-- The "compromise" bill also gives states the option to enroll
individuals in SCHIP who qualify for other welfare benefits, via an
"express lane" process. An individual who therefore qualifies for
child care programs by attesting to his legal status in the country
may also be enrolled in SCHIP without any additional verification.
Budget Gimmickry: Cuts SCHIP Spending by 80 percent in FY2013
-- In an effort to hide $40 billion in spending, the bill cuts SCHIP
funding by approximately 80 percent in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.
Of course supporters of the "compromise" bill do not intend to cut
SCHIP by an 80 percent reduction, forcing millions of children off
the program. So the real cost of the proposal is likely more than
$110 billion (over 10 years). The bill more than doubles the cost
of the current program.
Replaces Private Coverage with Government-Run Care
-- "Crowds out" private insurance by allowing children who have existing
private insurance to switch to government-run health care funded
entirely by taxpayers.
-- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the "compromise"
bill will shift two million children who already have insurance to a
Provides Coverage for Families Paying AMT
-- Expands SCHIP eligibility up to 300% of federal poverty
level and grandfathers States with higher eligibility levels.
Under the Senate proposal thousands of American families will
be "poor enough" to qualify for SCHIP and have the government
pay for their health care, but be "rich enough" to be required
to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).
Continues to Cover Childless Adults
-- Allows childless adults to continue receiving SCHIP coverage through
at least FY 2012.
Creates a New Billion Dollar Slush Fund
-- Creates a new $3 billion (and growing) slush fund that may be used
at a state's discretion.
-- Taxes on cigarette packs increased by $0.61 to $1; Taxes on
cigars of up to $3.
|SOURCE Office of the Republican Whip|
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