Bush plays politics with kids’ lives, again

Posted: December 20, 2007 in america, Bush, congress, health care, legislation, medical, politics

As with virtually everything connected to this administration, the question that should be on everyone’s mind is “how much lower can Bush sink?”

The sad saga of the S-CHIP revamp, recounted briefly below, gives a fairly clear answer. The truth is, the depths of this President’s mendaciousness in toadying up to the nation’s plutocracy have yet to be plumbed.

Read on:

Time: Bush Vetoes Kids’ Health Bill (AP)

(WASHINGTON) — President Bush vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for children, his second slap-down of a bipartisan effort in Congress to dramatically increase funding for the popular program.

It was Bush’s seventh veto in seven years — all but one coming since Democrats took control of Congress in January. Wednesday was the deadline for Bush to act or let the bill become law. The president also vetoed an earlier, similar bill expanding the health insurance program.

Bush vetoed the bill in private.

In a statement notifying Congress of his decision, Bush said the bill was unacceptable because — like the first one — it allows adults into the program, would cover people in families with incomes above the U.S. median and raises taxes.

“This bill does not put poor children first, and it moves our country’s health care system in the wrong direction,” Bush’s statement said. “Ultimately, our nation’s 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 urged Congress to extend the program at its current funding level before lawmakers leave Washington for their holiday break.

Note the third paragraph, specially highlighted for emphasis. This time, he didn’t even have the guts to do it in public. Instead, he pulled a maneuver typical of thieves and assassins everywhere – he stabbed them in the back, in the dead of night.

And why? For the same cowardly, self-serving, toadying excuses as last time. It might actually work, and it would mean higher taxes, maybe this time for the wealthy. And God knows we don’t want the rich to pay their fair share of the country’s upkeep.

Sins and crimes are always committed under the cover of darkness or secrecy.  If Bush was truly proud of this latest betrayal, he’d have done it publicly.


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