Some critics of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) claim that Congress needs to choose between “government-run health care

The real issue is that SCHIP Medicaid have established standards to ensure that children get the health care they need and that public funds are spent effectively. The leading privatization proposals have no such standards. As a result, many low-income families wouldn’t be able to afford adequate coverage even with a voucher or tax credit, and children with health problems might not be able to get private coverage at any price.

Congress’s basic choice in this matter is whether to maintain the standards that ensure value and accountability for public funds.