CNN Glosses Over Failure of Universal Health Care
Sometimes itâ€™s all in the details, or the lack thereof.
A news brief on â€śCNN Newsroomâ€ť Oct. 17 said that
The screen said â€ś
The state will stop funding the Keiki Care Plan, a basic health insurance program for some 2,000 children, beginning Nov. 1. The program was a public-private partnership with Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), which will pay to cover the children through the end of 2008.
But the brief didnâ€™t go into detail about one of the main reasons why the program was being axed: abuse of the â€śfreeâ€ť system.
According to the Hawaii Reporter, the state administration was concerned about the Keiki Care Planâ€™s enrollment process because it didnâ€™t make sure that children were ineligible for Medicaid and its superior benefits.
"People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free â€¦ I don't believe that was the intent of the program," Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services, said to the AP.
â€śDoes that sound familiar?â€ť Smith asked. â€śThat is precisely what Heritage warned against in last yearâ€™s debate on the State Childrenâ€™s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Shifting the cost from the private sector to the public sector does not increase insurance rates, it, well, merely passes the cost around like a proverbial hot potato.
Smith also pointed out that presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obamaâ€™s proposal for universal coverage of children â€śhas always been shaky for lack of specifics.â€ť
â€śHow do mandates work if there are no penalties as he responded in the most recent debate? His home state of