The capacity for conservatives to practice their cruel brand of compassion has ceased to surprise. But President Bush’s attempt to punish states trying to provide health coverage to uninsured kids is surprising for its political idiocy.
But Bush’s health department just threatened states with “corrective action” if they didn’t add insurmountable obstacles for squeezed middle-class families. That could pressure states to kick some kids out of the program.
A new missive to state officials effectively prevents them from covering families that earn more than 250% of the poverty line — about $43,000 a year, before taxes, for a family of three, or $51,000 a year for a family of four.
An average family health insurance plan costs over $11,000 a year, so if you don’t get decent insurance from an employer, paying out of pocket is extremely difficult.
What’s bizarre is the timing.