Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Kiss-my-assionate conservatism

Bush said he would do it, and as we know he never deviates from his word: he vetoed the children's health insurance program passed by Congress. The bill would have subsidized healthcare coverage for more than 6 million people, mostly children, in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private coverage. In other words, the poor, working and middle classes. The bill was supported by the AARP, the American Medical Association, and the American Cancer Society (in part because the bill was to be funded by a tax on cigarettes).

Bush vetoed it because:

1. It cost too much. So, he's seeking an additional $190 billion to fund the continued occupation of Iraq, at high cost to American lives, and is saying that a measure to provide health care to poor, working and middle classes--that costs less than one-fifth of what he wants to continue the occupation--is "too much." Oh, and I'm guessing that, unlike SCHIP, the $190 billion for Iraq won't be funded by a $1-a-pack cigarette tax.

2. It took the program too far from its original intent of helping just the poor. Yes, God forbid we also help the working and middle classes, and their children.

3. It would entice people now covered in the private sector to switch to government coverage. His point being? Look, if I've got insurance through work, and it's good insurance, I'm not going to switch to government coverage. But if I'm insured through work and very little is covered, and I have to come out of pocket for almost all expenses? Then what's wrong with me switching to government coverage? I'll have more money to sock away for my children's education expenses, or my retirement. Or, as Bush would prefer, to spend on mindless consumerism. Either way, it's win-win.

4. It's too close to "socialized medicine." Yes, government-subsidized health care is so evil ... except when your grandfather was a Senator and your family had government-subsidized (i.e., taxpayer-funded) healthcare. Or when your father was at CIA and had government-subsidized healthcare. Or when you were governor of Texas, and so on...

This is only the 4th bill Bush has vetoed. Two involved stem cell research, and the other was for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. All four of these bills had the potential to save lives. "Culture of life," my ass.


Blogger Suzanne said...

This enrages me. I can barely form a coherent thought I'm so angry about it. Thanks for rebutting each of those pathetic arguments against SCHIP.

8:41 PM, October 03, 2007  
Blogger Songbird said...

It's horrifying, yet not at all surprising.

9:04 PM, October 03, 2007  
Blogger K said...

I heard Bush speaking this afternoon and I almost had to pull my car over, I was so angry. How he can just LIE about this just gets my goat.

9:53 PM, October 03, 2007  
Blogger Suniverse said...

I think the thing that angers me the most is the whole - Don't want government subsidized health care. For you. For me? It's fine.

If it's really that shitty, hey, why don't you pay for your own for a while, and see how you like it.


(I hope you are doing well!)

10:16 PM, October 03, 2007  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Maybe we should take out our anger on the 2008 Republican candidates? I'm still waiting for the GOP referendum on Dubya's competence as President.

10:59 PM, October 03, 2007  
Blogger ewe are here said...

Not surprise.

I suppose the real question is now is do the congressional Republicans have the common decency to help override his veto. And, when they don't (d*mn House Republicans especially will probably cave and vote with the President; the House SEnators currently have enough to override, but will they stay the course?), will the voters have the guts to toss out their own representatives over it and other atrocities like those you've listed...

Won't hold my breath.

3:43 AM, October 04, 2007  
Blogger jo(e) said...

You've summed it up well.

It's just so infuriating.

8:23 AM, October 04, 2007  
Blogger Not so little sister said...

Amen, sister. Preach on!

Sad to say, but did we really expect anything better from him?

11:20 AM, October 04, 2007  
Blogger kenju said...

I'm not surprised. He is an ass, everyday and in every way.

8:39 PM, October 04, 2007  
Blogger liz said...


King George hath spoken. What a douchebag.

11:24 PM, October 04, 2007  
Blogger Nik said...

I thought I'd become inured. I've been sticking my head in the sand saying na na na na na so I can't hear the words that come out of his mouth. But this is too much. $190 mill to shoot people. $40 mill to heal sick kids or prevent kids from getting sicker. To him, the choice is so obvious.

8:37 AM, October 05, 2007  
Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

Well said! It is soooo infuriating.

8:44 PM, October 06, 2007  
Anonymous Addy N. said...

Well put. Bush's logic is just as flawed as everything else he does.

10:16 AM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Hear! Hear! Amen! Right on. I couldn't have summarized it better.

Bush is an ass and we'll be paying for his "leadership" for decades to come.

9:38 PM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger MollyB, Bloggerin said...

You know, on the 'socialized medicine' argument, I'm so tired of hearing it from both sides. Why can't we just build up a system that works for OUR country? Socialized medicine as I've experienced it is NOT a system to copy. Nor is it a reason to blindly avoid improving U.S. healthcare.

3:30 PM, October 09, 2007  
Blogger will smama said...

Well said.

9:08 PM, October 14, 2007  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

So sickening and infuriating and everything everyone else said. Karma is a bitch though.

12:05 AM, October 16, 2007  

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