Conservatives Have Already Lost The SCHIP Debate

Bill Scher

To turn the public against expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, conservatives tried to spread misinformation, intimidate kids and their parents, and make bizarre attempts at humor.

None of it has worked.

A new poll and analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health and National Public Radio finds:

…strong majority support for the reauthorization and expansion of SCHIP…

Given the basic parameters of the expansion – its cost, the number of new children who would be covered, and how it would be paid for – seven in ten Americans say they back the plan.

This asking was followed by a version of the question that provided proponents’ and opponents’ strongest arguments. Even when presented with these pros and cons, support stays at 65 percent.

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