Where Republicans Agree And Disagree With Democrats On SCHIP (Rep. Joe Barton)

We are for reauthorization of the SCHIP legislation. We are for covering low-income and near-low-income children so that they have health care benefits. We are for making sure that the states that are out of funding receive additional funds beginning October of this year.  We do believe that it should be maintained as a block grant program and not become an entitlement program. We believe that it should be reauthorized for a specific time, not become an open-ended entitlement. We believe that a children’s health program should be for needy children, not adults with $100,000 salaries.  And we do not believe SCHIP payments should be allowed for illegal aliens.  That’s where we agree and disagree with our friends on the majority side.

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