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    All that sounds great, but the part your leaving out is the most important part.

    Bush is going to veto the SCHIP bill, because Democrats made it so families making all the way to $80,000 per year qualify.

    90% of families who make $80,000 per year already have health insurance.

    The SCHIP program was intended for poor families who cannot afford health insurance

    People who make $80,000 per year are not poor and the Government should not have to pay there medical insurance.

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      First, Bush is going to veto it because it's got more money in it. The veto isn't related to the income level - he was going to use various other executive branch attacks for the income level.

      Second, $80k is not a ton of money if you live in certain high income areas. It's enough to just manage a middle class lifestyle. But more to the point, if your employer does not buy your health insurance, you may not be able to buy it. My daughter has a "preexisting condition." She's healthy, she plays soccer, she's a star gymnast. But the insurance companies will not touch her as an individual, and we make too much money for SCHIP.

      Third: dirty little secret here.

      Guess what? SCHIP costs $758 per child.

      My daughter's health insurance costs over 3x that, because we are in a very small employer group.

      But, hooray, her insurance is deductible.

      So, doing the math, that tax deduction means that the US Treasury is paying around $800 for my daughter's private health insurance. More than the whole SCHIP cost. The government would pay even more if I made more money.

      But thank god we're not benefitting from that large state risk pool!

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 02:05:48 PM PDT

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