The Bush administration has adopted new standards that would make it much more difficult for states to extend health coverage to children in middle-income families, The New York Times reported on Monday.
But what's really going on?
The letter from Dennis Smith, the director of the federal Center for Medicaid and State Operations, set a high standard for states that want to raise eligibility for the program above 250 percent of the poverty level, the Times said.
Before making such a change, Smith said, states must demonstrate that they have "enrolled at least 95 percent of children in the state below 200 percent of the federal poverty level" who are eligible for either Medicaid or the child health program, the newspaper said.
Administration officials said the changes were aimed at returning the focus to low-income children and to make sure the program did not become a substitute for private health coverage, the Times said.
So while the move is aimed at helping those most in need and not allowing those who could otherwise afford basic coverage to leech off government freebies, Reuters decided to report this as just another story of Bush hating children.
Rinse and repeat.
Editor's Note (Ken Shepherd): Corrected from earlier revision that attributed article authorship to the Associated Press.