SCHIP BROKE UP ON THE SHOALS OF PUBLIC OPINION

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.

As I pointed out in this post, a recent Gallup Poll showed that a majority of the public was behind Bush in the SCHIP debate. This is no doubt what the DNC’s internal polls were also showing.

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.

Comments 4

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    And as I pointed out it was a ‘disgracefully loaded poll’ – you need to do better than this.

    Posted 21 Dec 2007 at 4:32 am
  2. drmatt wrote:

    David,
    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours, and to your faithful readers.
    Matt

    Dont worry I will return with tenacity and humor next year.

    Posted 21 Dec 2007 at 7:24 am
  3. Catron wrote:

    Back atcha, drmatt. Have a good holiday.

    —-Dave

    Posted 21 Dec 2007 at 8:24 am
  4. For the Kids wrote:

    This issue is nowhere close to “finished.” The SCHIP debate has actually been incredibly helpful to children because it has forced folks to be clear about their priorities. Contrary to your talking points, however, the debate was also wildly successful politically even if the program has not yet been reauthorized:

    * Republican and Democrats in the Senate secured repeated veto-proof margins in support of a strong SCHIP reauthorization.
    * The House voted 2 to 1 to ensure that millions of children receive health insurance.
    * In an unusual bipartisan letter to Congress, 43 governors called for a strong reauthorization of SCHIP.
    It’s pretty clear that folks who oppose children will lose in the long run: SCHIP will be reauthorized, it is just a question of when and by whom.

    Posted 09 Jan 2008 at 5:22 pm

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