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    Poor excuse three: The proposed expansion "would cause millions of individuals to drop their private insurance in order to be involved with a government insurance plan."

    It is true that one-third of the 6 million children who would be newly covered by either S-CHIP or Medicaid currently have private insurance. But the White House well knows that every coverage-expansion plan -- conservative or progressive -- benefits some people who already have insurance.

    In fact, the proposed S-CHIP expansions are highly efficient compared with the White House's proposals. About 77 percent of the benefits of Bush's plan to expand health savings accounts and 80 percent of his most recent proposal to subsidize purchases of premiums go to those who are already insured.

    MIT economist Jonathan Gruber wrote to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell, explaining that the House S-CHIP expansion was among the "most cost-effective means of expanding health insurance coverage."

    And as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities points out, the disappointing rhetoric and name-calling about government-run health care is just a ruse. Seventy-four percent of children covered by Medicaid and more than three-quarters of children covered by S-CHIP are enrolled in private managed-care plans. And virtually all states contract with private providers to deliver health-care services.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Mon Aug 20, 2007 at 06:53:16 PM PDT

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