childrens health care - robert pear

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October 17, 2007 Children’s Health Bill Dispute Turns to Income  Limits  By  ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON , Oct. 16 — It is the $83,000 question: Could children with that  amount of family income qualify for subsidized  health insurance  under the  bipartisan bill passed by Congress and vetoed by President Bush? When the House votes Thursday on whether to override the veto, Republicans  will insist that the answer is yes. They will express outrage that rich children  could get coverage from the government while hundreds of thousands of poor  children still go uninsured. Democrats say it is a total distortion for Mr. Bush and his Republican allies to  say that the bill allows coverage with family incomes up to $83,000 a year.  Who is right? Each side appears to overstate its case. The bill does not  encourage or prohibit coverage of children with family incomes at that level. Of the 6.6 million children now covered by the program, most come from  families with incomes well below $83,000, and the bill would give states  financial incentives to sign up low-income children who are eligible but not  enrolled.  In general, children with family incomes below the poverty level ($20,650 for  a family of four) are eligible for  Medicaid . The 
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2010 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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