- Feb 5, 2006
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- In vetoing one children's health bill and threatening to veto a second, President Bush has complained about adults receiving benefits under the program for which Congress wants to more than double funding.
Yet it was the Bush administration that granted the majority of current waivers that enable states to enroll parents under the State Children's Health Insurance program, and it has approved every one of the waivers that enable the enrollment of childless adults.
"The administration has been shocked to find adults in the SCHIP program. Well, my goodness, they are the one who put them there," said Stan Dorn, senior research associate with the Urban Institute.
Never trust a Republican. They'll screw up a good government program, then use their own screwups to try to kill the program, even if it provides healthcare to kids.Childless adults gained the ability to receive benefits in 2001, thanks to the Bush administration's Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability initiative. Six states currently have waivers, according to CRS.