1.Expansion of CHIP Only Increases Health Care Costs
On Wednesday, August 1, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved adding $50 billion to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Earlier in the day, Sutherland Institute’s adjunct scholar and health care expert, Sven Larson, was interviewed onKUER‘s “Radio West” asserting, “It is wrong to say that this reauthorization will actually expand coverage of health insurance to three-million more children. The problem with CHIP is that it has been around for ten years and it has not made a dent in the uninsured problem.” Larson said that since 1997, there are 92,000 more children on government health insurance in Utah. At the same time, there are fewer children privately insured. Larson added, worse still is that 10,000 more children are uninsured in Utah today than in 1997. In his book, A Prescription for 2008, 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.
The Sutherland Institute claims the solution to our uninsured problem is through providing universal health care to our neighbors in need by means of an entirely voluntary system of authentic charity care. The benefits of this system are highlighted in Sutherland’s policy report,To the Least of These: A Moral Case for Providing Authentic Charity.
[Larson’s radio interview is approximately 1/3 of the way through the “Radio West” program, which can be accessed by clicking here.
2.Former Utah Governor Blasts SCHIP Expansion
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.]
3.Sutherland Hosts Delegation of Journalists from Haiti
On Wednesday, July 25, 2007, Sutherland Institute hosted a delegation of journalists from Haiti. Sponsored by the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, the group met with Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland’s manager of public affairs. Discussion topics included American and state public policy processes, the function of organizations like Sutherland, and the roles, relationships, and dynamics among journalists, political leaders, citizens, and policy organizations.
“This was a meaningful and enlightening experience for us as well as our guests,” said Rasmussen. “They demonstrated a genuine interest in the concept of ‘civil society’ and the importance of preserving it as an essential means by which civic decisions are made – as contrasted with the ever-expanding size and role of government. Despite the contrasts in our respective homelands, we recognized that we’re all seeking to make life better for our families and for our community neighbors.”