(FRC): In their ongoing quest to force a government-mandated, taxpayer-funded universal healthcare system on the American people, the Democratic leadership in Congress has introduced legislation meant to update the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). But rather than simply update the program, Democrats have offered a bill that would ensure that our children--and our children's children--will be paying for this expanded entitlement and limited option well into their old age. The Heritage Foundation has found that the Senate SCHIP expansion will add approximately $60 billion to the budget deficit over 10 years.
The House version is just as financially irresponsible but goes a step further by gutting the current pro-life law and removing abstinence funding. Under the initiative, House Democrats have removed the Unborn Child Rule, a regulation that allows states to provide prenatal care to unborn children and their mothers under SCHIP. The new House bill's "pregnant woman" rule seeks to deny the existence of the child in utero while still covering the adolescent mother. This is a calculated move to open the door to federal taxpayer-funded abortions. In the 17 states that now fund elective abortions (14 of them are forced to do so by court order) this coverage could be used as a license to kill. If liberals succeed, a popular program once intended to save children's lives would now be directly responsible for ending them.
Add to this the fact that SCHIP covers "children" up to the age of 25, a family of 4 with an income of $82,000 still qualifies for this program and now there are efforts to remove the U.S. citizen requirements in order to receive coverage, this is almost "universal" health care.