SCHIP: NJ PROVES BUSH WAS RIGHT

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.

Comments 3

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    What you’re reporting is fraud by your fellow citizens, which you fail to condemn, not an ‘extension of the program’. Then when the state proposes to streamline its health expenditure and eliminate these problems with widescale consumer choice of affordable plans you rubbish that too. You have no policy whatsoever that would cover the one in five uninsured in New Jersey.

    Posted 01 Apr 2008 at 7:34 am
  2. wd wrote:

    Marc,

    Why is it either “fraud by citizens” or an “extension of the program.” The article notes that the fraud was enabled because the state wasn’t checking beneficiaries income adequately.

    If NJ models its plan on Mass., then it will not result in “widescale consumer choice of affordable plans.” Mass. limits the choice of plans by mandating the benefits they must contain, and most of the plans through the Connector could face a double-digit increase in price in the coming year.

    Here’s a plan for NJ: get rid of the ridiculous community rating and guaranteed issue regulations, dump its mandate benefits, let different groups create pooling mechanisms, establish a high-risk pool for those difficult to insure, and let consumers purchase insurance out-of-state. That would be a heckuva good start.

    Posted 03 Apr 2008 at 1:53 pm
  3. Marc Brown wrote:

    ‘Mass. limits the choice of plans by mandating the benefits they must contain’

    So – what choice was there before for most ordinary people?

    ‘Here’s a plan for NJ…establish a high-risk pool for those difficult to insure…’

    And who is going to do this? Sounds like another government plan. All you’re proposing is the same old mish mash of complexity and unaffordability for most people.

    Posted 03 Apr 2008 at 3:55 pm

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