A fair question
From a reader, on SCHIP:
There are people, and families, who are unable to purchase health insurance at ANY cost because they have existing medical conditions. Insurance companies won't go near them. What exactly do you expect them to do for health insurance?
There are a variety of ways of handling this — states can set up risk pools (34 states already do this) and even offer subsidies within them for extreme hardship cases. But this has nothing to do with raiding a program for poor children in order to create a broad middle-class entitlement.
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