The original intent of the S-CHIP program was to offer affordable health insurance coverage to poor children. Along the way, the definition of both poor and children has blossomed to include middle class adults who would rather rely on the government than take responsibility for themselves (and their families). We saw this with the S-CHIP kerfluffle this past fall, and our fearless leaders in Washington (DC) decided to trot it out again.
President Bush wisely smacked down the latest version, which again included adults. The President summed it up nicely:
"Ultimately, our nation's goal should be to move children who have no health insurance to private coverage, not to move children who already have private health insurance to government coverage."