Saturday, September 22, 2007

Bush Threatens to Veto CHIP

We continue to be apprised of what a monster we have in the White House. Even as we hear now how, according to Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, Justice Souter “was so upset about the result in Bush v. Gore that not only did he almost resign the Court because he was so upset, but there were times when he thought about the case and he wept.”

The vote of just one Supreme Court justice has cost us dear. For the first time in American history we have a president who was not elected by the American electorate. And it is so fitting that that is the case because this is the worst president in American history. Bar none. Worse than Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon and Warren G. Harding, combined.

And now he threatens to veto one of the greatest bipartisan pieces of legislation to come out of the Senate and will pass next week in the House by a huge margin: 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.

CHIP expires on September 30th. If it is allowed to expire, children in 15 states will no longer be covered by health insurance.

Bush’s rationale?

“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 seems like a move toward completely federalized health care”.

Besides, Bush has a war to prosecute and he needs those kids’ health insurance premiums to do that. Oh, yes, that’s the other result of that one vote of one of the five Supreme Court justices that gave us this president. A war that is costly in both lives and treasure, a war that has removed our country from every other country’s admiration list.

Bush has the blood of American soldiers on his hands. He has the blood of Iraqi men, women and children on his hands. Now he’s trying for the blood of America’s own children. America’s greatest resource. America’s promise for the future.

None of this blood will ever wash off. Bush needs to consider this as he endures the righteous wrath of the vast majority of Americans for the many remaining years of life after he leaves office. The rejection. The boos. The infamy.

It won’t be a pretty sight.


Anonymous said...

Bush is so stupid that he firmly believes that families without insurance who have kids with ear infections can just go to the nearest emergency room!!! Who ends up paying for that in larger fees than if we pay through CHIP?

God, how his parents should have left him behind somewhere and never mentioned him again to anyone as if he didn't exist. How one child's death and the dysfunctional way his parents dealt with it has ruined the lives of so many others.

Anonymous said...

The redistribution of weath is not an American value, I'm sorry. Why should someone else pay for your kids? These kids don't qualify for government subsidized healthcare for a reason - their families make enough money to afford healthcare. Period. If these families aren't paying for their children's well-being, who is the real monster here? The parents.

Hal said...

Apparently, according to Bush and Anon, what IS an American value is to let children of parents who cannot afford health insurance, but who are not living in abject poverty themselves, go without health insurance coverage. That defines us. Mom, Apple Pie, and Ringworm.

My children are grown, anon, no one is paying for my kids. There are people who don't make enough money to buy health insurance. There are people whose employers do not provide health insurance. Why do these people's children deserve this fate?

Republicans have become very cold blooded, very unfeeling. It's very sad. Bush will veto this bill for one reason and only this: he needs every dollar to go to his war.

It's as simple as that.

You, Anon, enable that.

jayfro said...

Bush tried to bully and of course scare congress into RE-DISTRIBUTING 700 billion dollars of tax-payer money to bail-out the banks. Is that an American value? Ironically the banking industry fought tooth and nail for the rope they have used to hang themselves. The old "re-distribute the wealth" and "socialism" tactic no longer plays. Can you say Corporate Welfare. Federal Government is now 40% bigger than it was when Bush took office. Get a clue Anon.