Capitol Hill Briefing

Sinking SCHIP: A First Step toward Stopping the Growth of Government Health Programs

September 13, 2007 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

B-339 Rayburn House Office Building

Featuring Michael F. Cannon, Cato Institute and Patrick Fleenor, Chief Economist, Tax Foundation.

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Congress has approved legislation that would tax mostly poor people to fund government health insurance for non‐​poor people. In contrast, President Bush wants to increase federal funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program by just a little. Higher tobacco taxes aren’t just unfair to the poor, they are also dangerous. Moreover, there is a better approach than increasing federal SCHIP funding.