Monday, October 08, 2007
An SCHIP Fraud? Boy Who Delivered Democrat SCHIP Rebuttal May Not Be Low-IncomeA Freeper who goes by the nickname Icwhatudo has come up with evidence that the 12-year-old Baltimore child, Graeme Frost, who spoke for the nation's Democrats September 29 regarding his family's need for taxpayer-financed health insurance, goes to a private school that costs $20,000 per year. As does his sister. And the family lives in a 3,000 square foot house. Plus more.
In his radio address, young Graeme said (most likely, was told to say) "CHIP is a law the government made to help families like mine afford health care for their kids."
Actually, assuming the Freeper's research holds up, Graeme was misled. SCHIP was not designed for families who can afford expensive private schools and big houses. It was designed for low income families who nonetheless are not eligible for Medicare.
Young Graeme told America he doesn't know why "President Bush wants to stop kids who really need help from getting CHIP." Possibly someone at his expensive school should tell him that if you don't know the other side of an argument, you don't fully understand your own argument, either.
I don't blame young Graeme. He's a kid. But if the facts in this case turn out to be as the Freeper's research implies, I sure do blame the adults, including Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who selected Graeme and his specific message either knowing it was wrong or not caring enough to check.
Oh, and by the way, according to the Baltimore Sun's Matthew Hay Brown, the Frost family can't find private health insurance in Maryland for less than $1,200 a month. I don't believe it. Our family lives in Maryland, a mere 22 miles from the Frost family, yet we have comprehensive health insurance that costs $785.24 per month, covers both parents and does not charge extra for large families. Our insurer sells policies in the Frosts' zip code and has a medical center located just two miles from the Frost home.
Others blogging this: Don Surber, Kim Priestap/Wizbang, Mark Tapscott (who wonders why the mainstream media didn't check this story out), the Western Standard and others.
Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:08 AM