Friday, January 09, 2009

Dems pare back SCHIP???

The deuce, you say?

House Democrats are scaling back plans to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, as budget scoring problems and rising costs make a five-year bill unlikely.

Instead, they likely will pursue a shorter reauthorization, leaving states that depend on SCHIP money less certain about future funding.

If I'm reading the article correctly, they're not really cutting back, they're just playing budget games. Of course, if they were really cutting back we'd hear about how the Democrats hate the children and want them to be sick. (They'd report that, right?)

President Bush twice vetoed reauthorization bills in the 110th Congress that would have expanded the program by $35 billion over five years, to $60 billion.

Since then, however, the costs of the program have grown and the revenue-raising ability of the 61-cent-per-pack tobacco tax that would have funded it has shrunk.

"The budget window has changed and with it the numbers," said a senior aide the House Democratic leadership.

So... dare I say it - chalk this one up for Bush?

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