At the Health Affairs blog, Sarah Dine affects mystification at the failure of this year’s SCHIP expansion effort:
The failure to reauthorize a SCHIP program that allows states to continue the flexibility represented by the Republican frontrunners’ home states and indeed many of the fifty states remains one of the great political mysteries of the year.
Despite Dine’s claims to the contrary, she must know the answer to this conundrum: the electorate was never as enthusiastic about SCHIP expansion as she and many others have claimed.
This is why SCHIP expansion failed and why the current program was extended until well after next year’s Presidential election. It really isn’t a mystery.