[July 24, 2007 @ 10:31 am] David Catron

This week, under the false colors of “health care for the children,” the Democrats in Congress are taking America on a perilous voyage toward the rocky shoals of socialized medicine. The SCHIP bill’s main features are summarized by the WSJ Health Blog, and here are its most pernicious features:

Funding for privatized Medicare plans, known as Medicare Advantage, would be cut back so that the government would pay the same amount for beneficiaries in private plans as for those in traditional Medicare.

Now, why would Medicare changes be included in a bill ostensibly addressing the health care of children? Well, this is the feature that is meant to throttle free market health care reform in the cradle.

The bill would triple federal money for the children’s health insurance program, from the current $5 billion a year to $15 billion a year for the next five years.

More money for children’s health sounds innocuous enough, but the devil is in the details. As discussed here and here, not much of this new money will go to actual kids.

Medicare payments to doctors, set to be cut by 10% next year and 5% the following year, would instead be slightly increased for each of the next two years.

Thus, the collusion of the AMA has been purchased with a gigantic bribe. The irony is that, once the AMA has helped perpetrate this fraud, these cuts will eventually be implemented anyway.

SCHIP is one of the most disingenuous pieces of legislation ever foisted on a patient electorate. Its true purpose is to expand the reach of government-run health care while blocking any movement toward free market reform.

One hopes that President Bush keeps his promise to veto this travesty.

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