White House Acts to Limit Health Plan for Children
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.Now it's not surprising that George W. Bush would want to do this. He is a vicious little man with as much compassion as a starving komodo dragon in a room full of three year olds. What is surprising is that he is pounding another nail in the Republican coffin. Bush really seems to be determined to destroy the Republican party.
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.
After learning of the new policy, some state officials said today that it could cripple their efforts to cover more children by imposing standards that could not be met.