Former Utah Governor Blasts…

In the July 26, 2007 edition of the Salt Lake Tribune, current Health and Human Services Secretary and former Utah Governor, Mike Leavitt, blasted the proposed expansion of the federal CHIP program.  Writer Thomas Burr reported, “Leavitt told a group of reporters Wednesday that the struggle between the Bush administration and Congress over the amount to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is about an ideological battle over who should run health care: the government or the private sector.”

In his book, A Prescription for 2008, Sutherland Institute’s adjunct scholar and health care expert, Sven Larson, shows that the more government gets involved in health care, the more health care costs increase and the less health care children actually receive.  Larson adds, “More government destroys the private insurance market.  Data from the Bureau of the Census shows that as the number of children enrolled in CHIP goes up, so does the number of kids becoming uninsured.  This is true in virtually every state, including Utah.  We need to end the widespread but false belief that government health care is better, more cost-efficient and cheaper.  It is not. The fact of the matter is that it is precisely the opposite.”

[Note: The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), enacted by Congress in 1997, is under review for potential reauthorization.  The program is also referred to by the abbreviated acronym, CHIP.]