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25 September 2007

Compassionate conservatism?

President Bush - currently one of the most hated men in the world - has decided that not enough people dislike him yet. He has now vowed to veto the new State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill passed by a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Congress. His reasons? First, it would (supposedly) raise the maximum family income for eligibility to something over $80,000. According to Bush, that would mean that regular working folks would drop their current health insurance and that would hurt the insurance companies. The facts backing up that $80,000 claim have yet to be produced by the White House, and the number has been roundly denied by both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and the House. What the bill DOES do is increase the number of children living below the poverty level that would be covered by health insurance from six million to ten million. Oh, and adults are not covered at all, so it's highly unlikely that even if the $80,000 income statistic were true that a family would completely drop all coverage. Second, SCHIP will (supposedly) increase the dependence of the poor on the federal government for health care. And, of course, that's different from the dependence of the rich on the federal government for tax breaks and the dependence of corporations like Cheneyburton and Blackwater on the federal government for lucrative no-bid contracts in the Iraq war.

According to government figures, it costs approximately $1220 per year per child for SCHIP-suppported health care for kids. For ten million kids, that's $12.2 billion. That's a lot of money! Yes, it really is; we can occupy Iraq for an additional 42 days for that much money! And so far, as on a number of other substantive issues, the current crop of presidential candidates - especially Republicans - have been rather silent on this issue, too. We can only hope that the bipartisan support that SCHIP has received in Congress will be enough to override the threatened veto. There's a very real possibility that that might occur. If not, maybe Congress can just attach SCHIP to the next Iraq funding bill ... because you KNOW there's gonna be another one.

[UPDATE: You HAVE to go read this post at Jesus' General! Read the comments, too!]

  • On 9/25/2007 10:44 AM, Blogger Weekends Off said…

    As one of the many who does not have and cannot afford health insurance....

    I hate President Bush. He's an idiot. I hope those who voted for him are happy with themselves and the mess they helped to create by voting this loser in.

  • On 9/25/2007 1:22 PM, Blogger Howard said…

    If he does veto it, we definitely need to make sure that everyone knows and hopefully his party won't win again. Not that the Democrats are any better of late, but any improvement is better than the downward spiral that we seem to be in.

  • On 9/25/2007 1:28 PM, Blogger Nancy said…

    If I made 80K a year, I'd be happy to pay for health insurance ... so for now, I go without.

  • On 9/25/2007 6:31 PM, Blogger Jen said…

    If that override happened, I'd be dancing in the streets. I am SO sick of Bushie and his nutso regime. And I'm so sick of ANYONE thinking that providing health care is a BAD thing. If we had national health care and a GOOD public transportation infrastructure and interstate transport, like virtually everywhere else in the world, our economic situation would be very, very different. Okay, enough rant for today. I'm always happy to come here and find someone else righteously pissed off!

  • On 9/25/2007 6:55 PM, Blogger soccer mom in denial said…

    In 1996 I ran a little health campaign in our state that used a tobacco tax to expand health insurance for kids. It became the inspiration for Kennedy and Hatch to create S-CHIP. I'm really proud that I had a small, small part in a program that has provided health coverage for millions of children.

    I am so pissed off that Bush equates children's health care as "socialized medicine" (as if its a bad thing but I can't go on forever in your comments now can I?). But hello? - what is Medicare? Isn't it universal health care for seniors? Didn't he attempt to add prescription "coverage" to Medicare. Why isn't he destroying Medicare since that really truly is "socialized medicine"?

    Now you know I don't swear. But here it goes....

    I fucking hate Bush.

  • On 9/25/2007 7:38 PM, Blogger konagod said…

    I hope you don't mind, I linked to you in a comment over at Shakesville because I used the title of your blog in a comment. I thought it was appropriate since I thought of you.


  • On 9/26/2007 8:02 AM, Blogger Jami said…

    @wo - Texas CHIP covered my kids when we didn't have / couldn't afford health insurance. We rejoined the ranks of the middle class (and got our own coverage for everybody) about 6 months ago.

    @howard - the Repugnicans are goin' down!

    @nancy - while I'm truly thankful Texas CHIP was there when we needed it, I'm very glad to be out of it.

    @jen - see my comment to Howard above.

    @smid - you fuckin' go, girl! I'm fucking proud of you!

    @kona - I don't care who pimps me out. As long as I get my cut, I'm easy that way.

  • On 9/26/2007 2:39 PM, Blogger soccer mom in denial said…

    I read Jesus General. Is he kidding? Did someone really write in the comments to just drown children?


  • On 9/26/2007 2:58 PM, Blogger Jami said…

    Yes, he is very much kidding! And so are his commenters; satire / irony dial turned up to max on that site!

    (Deep breaths...deep breaths...)


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