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Thursday, July 19, 2007
Let Them Eat Cake (and Die)
"I support the initial intent of the program. My concern is that when you expand eligibility . . . you're really beginning to open up an avenue for people to switch from private insurance to the government."
-President Bush, after rejecting a new Health Care plan which would cover more of our nation's uninsured children
there is only one conclusion one can come up with upon viewing or hearing this statement: President Bush cares more about the profits Big Insurance than he does for the care of our children.
Using the excuse of "Big Government", President Bush has decided that putting the health of those who can't help themselves at risk is of more importance than the well-being, and pocketbooks, of his "base" of "haves and have mores".
Legislation to cover our nation's children, other than telling us all "They're gettin' fat!" would be the one thing that we all could get around. Those of us who believe in a Single Payer Universal Health Care System might look at a plan such as this as not enough, and I agree. But it is something and it would show that "compassion" which the Conservatives claim they have.
There can be no doubt that it doesn't exist.
The plan now covers 6.6 billion children at a cost of a mere $5 billion per year. The Democrats in Congress and many of their Republican allies want the plan to cover an additional 3.3 million kids. The Bushies are offering up $30 billion over five years as opposed to the $60 billion which is being proposed by our Congress. The plan is to pay for it with a 61 cent tax increase on cigarettes which would bring the federal; tax total to one dollar a pack.
Among the GOP leaders wanting the plan are Sens. Charles Grassley (IA) and Bush lackey Orrin Hatch (UT). I guess there are lots of poor farmers with uncovered children in Iowa and Utah who might benefit from a plan such as this and they want to take advantage of it.
With more and more Americans foregoing health care insurance, this plan would make it possible for an additional 3.3 million children to receive the health care they're going to need to stay healthy or the treatment they're going to need to fight off illness. It's obvious to anyone that this is a secondary "benefit" to the Bushies.
The health care system we have now is responsible for over 70 percent of all bankruptcies in our nation today. One wonders how many of those bankruptcies came from parents desperately searching for treatment for a sick child.
But in the background is the real possibility that this program is going to die a silent death. If the White House, intent on removing any and all benefits to the people of the United States in favor of corporate Welfare and tax breaks for those who already "have", doesn't get their way - again - then the plan as it exists now will expire this September. And looking at how the fourth estate treats (or ignores) health care as an issue, don't look the obituary "above the fold".
And certainly don't look at the big cable news outlets for any information. After all, there is some blond haired, blue eyed girl missing somewhere for Fox to report about.
"I'm not going to surrender a good and important idea before the debate really gets started. And I think it's going to be very important for our allies on Capitol Hill to hear a strong, clear message from me that expansion of government in lieu of making the necessary changes to encourage a consumer-based system is not acceptable."
What the president and those who think an increase in the money for the health of our children fail to, or refuse to see is that health care has doubled in just a few short years. An increase in the government plan does actually keep up with that rise in private health care costs.
For just about the cost of half a month of what we spend in Iraq, we can take care of 10 million children, but the President would rather let it die than compromise, or even offer up a real plan of his own.
Is anyone else tired of the Bushies "let them eat cake" attitude as I am?
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