Base SCHIP decision on data, not emotions

Posted on October 20, 2007 | Type: In the News | Author: Asha Sharma
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This letter reinforces the importance of the impending vote in Congress. The override, however, will hurt many more than it stands to help.

Many hope that taxing cigarettes will deter smoking, but less cigarette consumption means less tax revenue, and the taxpayer will be faced with the bill.

Another provision stipulates a funding cliff in 2013. Federal bonus funding, ranging in the billions, will be cut off. Then what? The responsibility falls on states, whose taxpayers foot an even larger part of the bill.

Finally, the proposal would add 3.3 million children to the health insurance dole, but MIT economist Jonathan Grubera's research indicates that 2 million of these kids already have private insurance. When did we go back to creating cultures of dependency?

Ultimately, children's health care is important. But we must clearly evaluate the numbers without getting caught up in emotional "wholly wrong and intellectually dishonest" arguments.

Asha Sharma is a Ronald Reagan Fellow at the Goldwater Institute.

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