Can the President's Health Care Tax Proposal Serve as an Effective Substitute for SCHIP Expansion?

Brief

Can the President's Health Care Tax Proposal Serve as an Effective Substitute for SCHIP Expansion?

October 11, 2007

Abstract

The Bush Administration has proposed using a tax deduction approach to expand health insurance coverage instead of expanding SCHIP coverage for more children. On October 3, the president vetoed the SCHIP reauthorization bill passed by Congress. This brief compares the financial burden for families associated with purchasing coverage for their children under the President's proposal and under the SCHIP reauthorization bill and discusses the likely impacts on uninsurance among children. We find that the financial burdens for families between 150 and 300 percent of the federal poverty level would be much higher under the tax deduction approach than under SCHIP.

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