Archive for the ‘SCHIP’ Category

Flip-Flopping Is Very Contagious

October 22, 2007

Flip-Flopping: In a style reminiscent of John Kerry’s back-and-forth vote on the Iraq War, U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla., changed his vote on the controversial SCHIP bill last week. The House fell 13 votes short of overriding President Bush’s veto of the $35 billion spending increase for health insurance for low-income children. Boren voted initially against the increase, but evidently changed his mind and voted to override the veto.

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House Vote Upholds Bush Veto Of SCHIP Expansion

October 19, 2007
I would like to thank our Republican delegation for voting to uphold the SCHIP veto.

Oklahoma Republicans Tom Cole, Mary Fallin, Frank Lucas and John Sullivan each voted to uphold the veto while Democrat Dan Boren voted to override. The final vote was 273-156 with 286 votes needed to override.

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The Left Loves S-CHIP

October 15, 2007

by Ernest Istook
National Review

Big government pays for many things. One side-effect is the enrichment of groups who get the money, enabling them to afford more lobbying on behalf of even bigger government. Now they’ve joined the most brazen voices of the liberal Left in the S-CHIP debate.

S-CHIP — the State Children’s Health Insurance Program — is actually financed mostly with federal tax dollars, and the issue is whether to enlarge it, costing tens of billions of dollars.

Government already pays for almost half of all health care in America. We’re close to a tipping point where most health care is funded by tax money and government essentially dictates everything to the already-over-regulated health industry.

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Locals Boo SCHIP Veto

October 4, 2007

by Alice Collinsworth

EDMOND President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program has prompted a group of Oklahomans to plan a rally today in support of the program and call upon Oklahoma members of Congress to override the veto.

A Rally in Support of SCHIP will be in downtown Oklahoma City at 5 p.m. Thursday in front of Rep. Mary Fallin’s Oklahoma City office, 101 N. Broadway.

Fallin is one of the leaders who voted against this bill, which would ensure that up to 127,000 Oklahoma children who currently have no health insurance would have health coverage.

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Moving Toward Universal Government Health Care

July 16, 2007

Moving Toward Universal Government Health Care

This year I enjoyed relating to House District 31 constituents some very good news regarding progress in reforming state government. Some of that progress included the following: accelerating the rate of income tax reduction, strengthening state immigration enforcement laws, cutting most taxpayer subsidies for abortion, passing education reform to encourage new charter schools, appropriating less in the state budget this year as opposed to last year, requiring that documentation of state spending be placed online, calling on state retirement systems to divest of investments with governments of terrorist-sponsoring nations and watching as the Oklahoma Department of Transportation developed a long term plan for paving roads that appears to be free of political influence.

Under the conservative leadership in the House of Representatives, progress continues to be made through a series of interim studies designed to consolidate government agencies and to develop a possible merit pay system for Oklahoma Teachers.

However, I have also reported negative news about passage of the pork-filled Department of Tourism budget which contains line items that appropriate money to non-governmental entities where expenditures are difficult to trace. Another unfortunate occurrence this year was the passage and Gubernatorial approval of Senate Bill 424. The bill, known as the “All Kids” program, greatly expands the size of government and increases Medicaid entitlement eligibility to cover dependants in families with up to $62,000 annual income for a family of four. As many as 42,000 additional people could be added to medicaid roles at a cost to taxpayers of approximately 38 million dollars in state and federal money.

This massive government spending is made possible by a federal program known as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Created in 1997, the program has been used by several states to promote universal health coverage. Recently, the program has been debated at the federal level as the Bush administration opposes a large expenditure, preferring to limit SCHIP spending to only poor children. However, both Republican and Democrat Governors are pushing for a significant investment of SCHIP funds that could be spent on both children and adults.

Undoubtedly, this type of government expansion reflects a big step toward the goal of universal government health care. A study conducted by Jonathan Gruber of the MIT Economics Department, confirmed that six of every 10 people covered by SCHIP expansions, already have private coverage. In other words, big government spending is eliminating the insurance sector from being able to provide coverage in the free market.

Despite the opposition of House leadership, SB 424 passed the House of Representatives by a margin of 75-21. I believe this reflects a dangerous lack of understanding by legislators in both parties of the grave danger of government interfering with free market forces and of the continued move toward universal government health care.

During my term of office, I have worked to understand the efforts being made to expand the size of government. In the future I will continue to be vigilant in opposing massive government expansion. As always, I appreciate your feedback at 557-7350 or