Washington, DC - U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL-13th) issued the following statement today regarding H.R. 976, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization Act:
"I strongly support SCHIP and believe it should be renewed in a way that will get the resources to low-income children who lack quality health care. Unfortunately, H.R 976 would not accomplish this goal. Instead, it would push Americans one step closer to socialized medicine. Under this bill, over 2 million children and adults currently covered by private insurance would be enrolled in a government-run health program -- at taxpayers' expense.
"Even worse is that this proposal misdirects resources away from the low-income children SCHIP was designed to help. Not only does the Democrats' bill undercut restrictions preventing SCHIP and Medicaid from being abused by illegal aliens, it would allow adults and families with incomes over $60,000 per year to enroll in the program for needy children. In some cases, like New York State, families with incomes up to $83,000 would qualify.
"That's not fair to the children who really need this help and it's not fair to Illinois taxpayers.
"The President has indicated that he will veto H.R. 976. If the Democrat leadership is serious about protecting the children enrolled in this program, I hope they will stop playing partisan politics and start working with Republicans on a non-controversial solution like the one I've cosponsored. H.R. 3584 would extend the SCHIP program without tacking on fiscally irresponsible provisions that benefit illegal residents, adults, and those with higher incomes."