Increased Funding Will Cripple Health Care Program

Published August 14, 2007

Nancy Griffin, state director for the AARP, favors SCHIP expansion (“Raise tobacco tax, help kids” July 26, 2007). She is convinced that 6 million children will die from smoking, and 9 million have no health insurance. These numbers are inaccurate.

Since 1997, SCHIP has covered the uninsured. States generously enrolled able-bodied adults, and expanded a program designed to insure low-income children. Further expansion will weaken a program that has already lost focus, and burden the American taxpayer unnecessarily.

John Dale Dunn MD JD([email protected]) is an emergency physician and policy advisor to The Heartland Institute, a national nonprofit research and education organization.