Friday, November 02, 2007

Kline's Misplaced Ideology and Half-Truths

By now most know that Congressman John Kline votes with the president and against the interests of Minnesotans...especially those weakest among us...our children. According to Dr. Allen Horn, president of CentraCare Clinic in St. Cloud:

"Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline voted with the president. The justification for the veto is based on misplaced ideology and half-truths.

The bill is not a step toward "government-run" or "socialized" medicine. In fact, it is strengthening a very successful public-private partnership with 77 percent of the children getting their coverage through private health plans funded by SCHIP.

Another unfounded claim is that the bill vastly expands program eligibility to provide coverage for children who live in middle-income families and who already have coverage through their parents' private health insurance. The fact is that more than 80 percent of the children who could be added to SCHIP are already eligible for the program because they are below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Supporters of the veto have also falsely stated that the bill will expand coverage for adults and will provide coverage for illegal immigrants. In fact, the bill quickly phases out coverage for for childless adults, and there would be no funding for "illegal" immigrants."

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