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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

Rob Bishop Statement on Latest SCHIP Bill

September 26, 2007
Press Release
Republican Congressman Rob Bishop (UT01) today issued the following statement on H.R. 967, the latest Democratic bill to re-authorize and extensively expand the SCHIP program:

"I'm still waiting for a major issue to come along where the Democratic leadership doesn't take a nice idea and really mess it up. This program needs to be re-authorized, but it needs to be done correctly and in a way that gets help to those who need it most. This latest Democrat proposal spends billions that aren't there, it potentially crowds out private insurers, and it expands this program way too far beyond its intended target. This bill basically lays the groundwork for more government control of health care. Its funding mechanism is a complete budget gimmick – calling for a massive cut in the program in just a few years. And it even weakens current standards that keep illegal aliens from abusing the system. This bill is poor policy, but fortunately there is a better option out there. I've co-sponsored a bill that would simply extend the current SCHIP program for 18 more months and actually fund it at a slightly higher rate than today, giving Congress more time to work out a more logical and more bi-partisan solution for this program. We need time to step back from this closed-door proposal, and come up with a re-authorized SCHIP program that is financially sound and is targeted to help insure the kids who really need it."

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