Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, September 22, 2007, 10:30am
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning
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Notes and Summary of the Broadcast -- SCHIP: State
Children's Health Insurance Program
PRESIDENT: Good morning.
In just eight days, the State Children's Health Insurance Program -- or
"SCHIP" -- is set to expire. This important program helps
children whose families cannot afford private health insurance, but who
do not qualify for Medicaid, to get the coverage they need. I strongly
supported SCHIP as a governor, and have strongly supported it as
President. My 2008 budget proposed to increase SCHIP funding by $5
billion over five years, a 20 percent increase over current funding.
How the President Differs from the American vision of
"Liberty Under God":
- SCHIP is unconstitutional. Funding for the program should be
abolished, not increased. The Constitution gives only certain "enumerated
powers" to the federal government, and health care is not
one of them. Does the Constitution give the federal government
authority to tell Americans what kind of computer they can buy?
Neither does it give the federal government any power to regulate
our healthcare decisions.
- There is no "health care crisis." We should fall to our
knees in gratitude to God for medical miracles every day. The
richest man in the world two generations ago could not have afforded
the health care routinely provided to today's middle-class Americans
every day. Our health care is the best in the world. It is
affordable, and it is effective. It is just another
"miracle" provided by the Free
- All the problems in "coverage" are caused by government
regulations imposed on an otherwise Free Market. When one government
regulation causes problems, more regulations are proposed as
"solutions," causing even more problems, until the entire
industry is brought to bankruptcy under socialism.
- Patients should exercise more personal responsibility for their
health care decisions. This makes health care better for everyone.
- Providers should be free to increase their efficiency and thereby
increase their market share. This makes health care better for
- Competitors should be allowed to enter the market without
government regulation or licensure to provide better health care at
an even lower price. This makes health care better for everyone.
- Government regulation and socialist bureaucracy makes health care
more expensive, less innovative, less healthy, for everyone.
- Kevin Craig for Congress - Platform on
|THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.
|In just eight days, the State
Children's Health Insurance Program -- or "SCHIP" -- is
set to expire. This
important program helps children whose families cannot
afford private health insurance, but who do not qualify for
Medicaid, to get the coverage they need. I
strongly supported SCHIP as a governor, and have strongly
supported it as President. My 2008 budget proposed to increase
SCHIP funding by $5 billion over five years, a 20 percent
increase over current funding.
||Notice that the President
"strongly supports" an "increase"
in funding for this "important" unconstitutional,
socialist program. This is not a dispute between a capitalist
President and a Democrat Congress. It is a purely
political/partisan dispute over how fast we move to a socialist
system, and which party will get the "credit."
|Instead of working with my
Administration to enact this funding increase for children's
health, Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they
know will be vetoed. One of their leaders has even said such a
veto would be a "political victory." As if this weren't
irresponsible enough, Congress is waiting until the SCHIP program
is just about to expire before passing a final bill. In other
words, Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor
children purely to make a political point.
||We have a new website which
supports the "problem" described here by President Bush.
The problem, according to Bush, is partisan
gridlock. We believe this is actually the solution.
If Bush were a Democrat, the Democrats in Congress would be
pushing to approve Bush's proposal, and Republicans would be
fighting it. As it is, both Democrats and Republicans are arguing
over the amount of the increase in socialism we're
going to have. Our new website discusses these political
|The proposal congressional leaders
are pushing would raise taxes on working Americans and would raise
spending by $35 to $50 billion.
Their proposal would result in taking a program meant to help poor
children and turning it into one that covers children in some
households with incomes of up to $83,000 a year. And their
proposal would move millions of children who now have private
health insurance into government-run health care. Our goal should
be to move children who have no health insurance to private
coverage -- not to move children who already have private health
insurance to government coverage.
|The question is not about whether
government spending hurts or helps the economy. We believe it
hurts the economy, but Bush and the Democrats believe it helps.
The only question is, how much spending is politically
Senate Republicans are proposing a program that covers children
in homes earning twice the federal poverty level.
This is not a program only for the poor, it is a program that is
designed to eventually cover everyone. It is Phase One of "HillaryCare."
The President's "free market" rhetoric here is sound,
but conflicts with the policy he actually supports. Not the only
case in which the President's talk does not match his walk.
|My Administration remains
committed to working with Congress to pass a responsible SCHIP
bill. In the meantime, I called this week for Congress to make
sure health insurance for poor children does not lapse. If they
fail to do so, more than a million children could lose health
coverage. Health coverage for these children should not be held
hostage while political ads are being made and new polls are being
taken. Congress must pass a clean, temporary extension of the
current SCHIP program that I can sign by September 30th, the date
the program expires.
|In addition to extending the SCHIP
program, Congress needs to focus on passing fundamental spending
bills -- especially the annual funding bill for the Department of
Defense. Congress must also pass additional funding for our troops
fighting the war on terror. We need these bills so we can get our
men and women in uniform essential equipment -- like additional armored
fighting vehicles that are resistant to mines and ambushes.
||The federal government is
spending billions of dollars a week on the military. We've been
hearing about the need for "armored fighting vehicles"
for years -- you can probably remember hearing news
on the subject back in 2004, and there have been more
over the years. Obviously the money taken from us over the years
has not gone to the "needy" as promised.
|The American people expect their
elected leaders in Washington to work together by passing
responsible bills in a timely manner. I am confident that with
good will on both sides, Democrats and Republicans can do this. We
can meet our obligations to help poor children get health
coverage. We can meet our responsibilities to the men and women
keeping our Nation safe. And we can do our duty to spend the
taxpayer's money wisely.
||The federal government does
not have "obligations" to help poor children get health
coverage. Bush is violating his oath to
"support the constitution." So are the Democrats. So are
|Thank you for listening.
House Healthcare Policy Statement
A Step Towards Socialism
- "Of course, if the conservative alternative is simply a
little less socialism (the counteroffer from Senate Republican
leaders is hardly inspiring: bar adults from SCHIP and limit
coverage to children in families below 200% of poverty), the march
toward HillaryCare will continue."
Leader - The SCHIP scam: Socialized medicine for all - Friday, Aug.
- This is how the government takes over a
sector of the economy. One small step at a time -- and in the name
of "the children." Make no mistake, SCHIP was never
intended to provide stop-gap coverage for low-income children. It
was always meant to be the vehicle by which Washington could
gradually socialize health insurance. Now that Democrats control
Congress again, they are moving that plan forward.
The Senate on Wednesday rejected an
amendment he offered to keep SCHIP subsidies aimed at the poor. The
House bill would offer subsidized health insurance to families
earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. But 89
percent of children in families earning between 300 percent and 400
percent of the poverty level already have private health insurance,
according to the Congressional Budget Office.
This SCHIP expansion would not simply
insure "children" who are uninsured. It would cause people
to drop their existing private-sector health insurance and pick up
government coverage. And that is the idea.
Business Daily - A Canadian Doctor Describes How Socialized Medicine
- More from IBD on Health
care, health insurance, pharmaceutical industry and more
- SCHIP was intended to cover children in
families who made too much to be eligible for Medicaid. The law was
originally supposed to limit eligibility to families making not more
than 200% of the poverty line ($40,300 for a family of four), but
seven states set eligibility above 200% anyway. Furthermore,
fourteen states have applied loose enough definitions of
"child" to extend coverage to parents, pregnant women, or
A recent study
by Jonathan Gruber and Kosali Simon suggested that crowd-out for
SCHIP ranged between 30%-80%. In other words, for every 10 kids
signed up for SCHIP, the number with private insurance drops by 3 to
Tax Foundation - SCHIP, Cigarette Taxes, and Crime
- Here is a question for lawmakers to consider before casting their
votes to raise the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents per pack: How
can the number of smokers have increased over the last decade while
the number of tax-paid cigarettes has fallen sharply?
The answer is that Americans are smoking millions of bootlegged
- Imagine Bush talking about
responsibility and the importance of not giving people incentives to
leave private insurance for the government dole. What does he think
his monstrously expensive Medicare drug benefit accomplished?
Economists warned of this at the time, but he was more interested in
political gain than freedom and responsibility.
This only scratches the surface. His
signature No Child Left Behind Act further shifted responsibility
for education away from parents to distant bureaucrats in the
central government. That was too much even for some conservatives.
He has supported virtually the whole
constellation of corporate-welfare programs, from farm subsidies to
energy-company tax preferences to ethanol privileges to
Export-Import Bank favors to “defense” contracts that have
nothing to do with real defense. Working people who are told to take
responsibility for themselves might justifiably wonder why big
corporations and agribusinesses shouldn’t do the same.
When Bush lectures middle-class and
working-class people on self-responsibility, he has no credibility
whatever. This is true for most establishment conservatives today.
They have violated the freedom-and-responsibility philosophy so
often that when they suddenly invoke it for children’s medical
care, they look cynical and callous. With friends likes these, the
free-market cause hardly needs enemies.
SCHIP: A First Step toward Stopping the Growth of Government Health
Programs - CATO Institute
- The average state requires consumers to purchase 38 separate types
of coverage. Forty-five states require all consumers, even
teetotalers, to purchase coverage for alcoholism treatment. Thirty
states require consumers to pay for contraceptive coverage and 13
states require consumers to pay for coverage of in-vitro
fertilization -- even though many consumers, such as some Catholics,
find those services morally objectionable. Those coverage mandates
increase the cost of private health insurance by as much as 15
percent. An estimated 25 percent of the uninsured lack coverage due
to the cost of mandatory coverage laws.
Perils of Parens Patriae, or When the State Becomes Daddy by
William Norman Grigg
- from Lenin – the State exercises “power without limit, resting
directly on force”; from Mussolini – “Everything within the
State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State”
the Cost of Health Care - Rep. Ron Paul
20,000% Tax Increase by John M. Ostrowski
Review: The Scandal Of The Evangelical Conscience - Acton
- “If American Christians simply gave a tithe rather than the
current one-quarter of a tithe, there would be enough private
Christian dollars to provide basic health care and education to
all the poor of the earth. And we would still have an extra $60-70
billion left over for evangelism around the world.”
- Shoveling More SCHIP At Us
- As Investor's Business Daily
reported, "Last year, almost 700,000 adults were enrolled in
this program designed to help insure children of the working poor.
Adults with SCHIP coverage outnumber children in three states."
And because children are defined as those 21 and under, rather than
18 and over, SCHIP creates situations where even childless adults
can be covered
According to the Congressional Budget
Office, about 60 percent of the children who were eligible for SCHIP
were covered by private insurance in the year before the program was
enacted. Hence, for all practical purposes, the program offers
"free" health care to many families, which encourages them
to drop out of their private plans.
This Schip Michael F. Cannon, CATO Institute
- SCHIP is senseless. Like its much larger sibling, Medicaid, the
program forces taxpayers to send their money to Washington so that
Congress can send it back to state governments with strings
attached. Both programs force taxpayers to subsidize people who
don't need help, discourage low-income families from climbing the
economic ladder - and make private insurance more expensive
for everyone else.
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania on the need for socialized healthcare
- "I recorded this message earlier this week and you are
hearing it on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in my religion. On this
day we are taught we must atone for our sins and remember our
obligation to each another. So I can think of no better day to speak
to the nation on the urgency of ensuring that every child in this
county has health care."
Libertarian Response to Democrats:
- It is sinful and immoral to take money from Jones under threats of
violence to give
- Even if Smith is "poor."
- It is unconstitutional for the federal government to to this, even
if it were moral.
- Capitalism, not socialism, will ensure the greatest amount of the
highest quality health care to every child in this country.
- If Capitalism fails to provide a certain surgery for one child,
that surgical technique would not exist at all for anyone under
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