Sep 22, 2007

Gee, thanks "W"

From AP, via Comcast news:

Bush: Kids' Health Care Will Get Vetoed
By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - President Bush again called Democrats "irresponsible" on Saturday for pushing an expansion he opposes to a children's health insurance program.

This brought to you by Mr Responsible himself... How many billions have you dumped into Iraq?

"Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they know will be vetoed," Bush said of the measure that draws significant bipartisan support, repeating in his weekly radio address an accusation he made earlier in the week. "Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor children purely to make a political point."

At issue is the Children's Health Insurance Program, a state-federal program that subsidizes health coverage for low-income people, mostly children, in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private coverage. It expires Sept. 30.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a proposal Friday that would add $35 billion over five years to the program, adding 4 million people to the 6.6 million already participating. It would be financed by raising the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents to $1 per pack.

The idea is overwhelmingly supported by Congress' majority Democrats, who scheduled it for a vote Tuesday in the House. It has substantial Republican support as well.

Support from both sides of the aisle kinda implys it might be a good idea, huh George? Oh, but I forgot, it's "your" government.

But Bush has promised a veto, saying the measure is too costly, unacceptably raises taxes, extends government-covered insurance to children in families who can afford private coverage, and smacks of a move toward completely federalized health care. He has asked Congress to pass a simple extension of the current program while debate continues, saying it's children who will suffer if they do not.

They might be able to afford some sort of health coverage, but rarely does it cover anything for any child with special needs. This I know...

"Our 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," Bush said.

The bill's backers have vigorously rejected Bush's claim it would steer public money to families that can readily afford health insurance, saying their goal is to cover more of the millions of uninsured children. The bill would provide financial incentives for states to cover their lowest-income children first, they said.

Many governors want the flexibility to expand eligibility for the program. So the proposal would overturn recent guidelines from the administration making it difficult for states to steer CHIP funds to families with incomes exceeding 250 percent of the official poverty level.

8 comments:

  1. Glad to see his priorities are straight. He's up there fearlessly defending American children from healthcare coverage.

    What a prick.

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  2. Amazing, isn't it JY?

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  3. I'm having a Charlie Brown moment. ARRRRRGGGHHHH!

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  4. his time in "his" government CANNOT come too soon.

    God, I hate him!

    And the poor sap that has to come behind him and clean up the budget and his shit I feel so sorry for.

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  5. Me too Kirby, but mine is slightly more off color language.

    Teri: It will probably take years and years to clean this mess up.

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  6. I swear the man seems determined to undermine the US as much as possible. I wonder if it's his revenge for not voting for daddy for a second term.

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  7. aren't we spending something like 7 BILLION dollars a DAY in Iraq??

    Well, bugger th' lil' kids! The less of 'em that live to see adulthood, the more resources will be left for the Boomers!!

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  8. less healthy kids, less potential voters, though...

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