During last year’s debate over the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, President Bush was routinely excoriated in the media for saying that many states had diverted SCHIP funds from poor kids to children and adults from families with incomes exceeding $80,000. He was right, of course, as AP reports:
People earning as much as $295,000 are enrolled in a state health care program designed for New Jersey’s poor, according to a new audit that found the state failing to check eligibility for all program enrollees.
Moreover, as if to prove that their fiscal irresponsibility has no bounds, the “leaders” of New Jersey have also decided to emulate the “universal coverage” failures of Massachusetts and Maine. And, demonstrating that Jefferson was right about the Press, the NYT reports this insanity as if these boneheads are visionaries:
Thrusting New Jersey again into the vanguard of social change, a bipartisan group of legislators unveiled a proposal on Monday that would require all residents to have health care coverage within three years.
Vanguard of social change? Are you kidding me? Anyone possessing the slightest grasp of reality understands that New Jersey is in the vanguard in only one area: political and fiscal corruption. The Massachusetts and Maine programs are fiscal disasters. Indeed, responsible policy-makers would be well advised to use them as examples of how NOT to do health care.