August 13, 2007
Millions of Legislative Pork in CHIP Bill
The New York Times reports that the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) bill, passed earlier this month (posts here and here) does more than provide health insurance coverage to low-income, uninsured children. The Times found that the CHIP bill "would also direct millions of dollars a year to about 40 favored hospitals, by increasing their Medicare payments." Instead of naming the hospitals, however, the bill buried the beneficiaries with "cryptic" geographical descriptions.
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