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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 21, 2007

Myth/Fact: Five Key Myths About President Bush's Support for SCHIP Reauthorization

     Fact sheet In Focus: Health Care

MYTH #1:  President Bush's proposal would not help poor children.

MYTH #2:  Cost is the only reason for President Bush's veto threat.

  1. Turns a program meant to help poor children into one that covers children in some households with incomes of up to $83,000 a year. 
  1. Would move millions of American children who now have private health insurance into government-run health care. 
  1. Is an incremental step toward the Democrats' goal of a government-run health care system.
  1. Raises taxes on working Americans. 
  1. Relies on a budget gimmick that drops SCHIP funding by almost 80 percent in year six, masking future deficits and ultimately resulting in a choice between higher taxes or forcing millions of children to lose health insurance.
  1. Creates new funding schemes inviting states to overspend their budgets and shift health care costs to the Federal government by using SCHIP funding to offset state Medicaid spending.  
  1. Provides incentives to states to relax protections against enrolling ineligible individuals, including illegal immigrants.

MYTH #3:  President Bush is wrong in claiming the Senate SCHIP bill would cover children in some households with incomes of up to $83,000 per year (400 percent of the Federal poverty level).

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MYTH #4: Democrats are not seeking a political victory by passing a bill they know will be vetoed.

MYTH #5:  President Bush will be responsible if SCHIP is not reauthorized by September 30.



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