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SCHIP

Posted by Annie on October 23, 2007

While following this debate and hearing of President Bush’s threatened veto, I thought to myself, “No way!  There’s no way even he could veto something so basic as healthcare for children.”  Sadly, I was wrong.  Hopefully, the debate on this issue is not over, despite the failure to overturn the veto.  Polls of the American people show overwhelming support for this program; in a democracy you’d think that our representatives and our president would take this into consideration.

 Check out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for factual information on what SCHIP is and what it provides.

And this editorial by Josh Rouse from the Bowie, MD newspaper, describing the right-wingers’ attempts to smear the 12 year-old boy who spoke about how SCHIP helped him and his family.  Here is an excerpt:

“Just when you think the nasty elements of the political right wing in this country couldn’t stoop any lower, they do. Last week extreme conservatives pontificated viciously from the depths of the political ooze, lambasting a 12-year-old Maryland boy, Graeme Frost, who delivered a radio address for the Democrats after his parents went public with how the State Children’s Health Insurance Program helped them after a 2004 car crash left two of their children comatose.”  Click here for the rest of the article. 

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One Response to “SCHIP”

  1. trumanesque said

    I agree the right-wingers’ tactic is appalling, as is the President’s veto. They’re afraid more people will discover that the government can help improve their lives. Then the neocons’ entire philosophy (free market good, government bad) will be exposed as a fraud. The closer we get to universal health care, the more hysterical Repubs become.

    It’s one thing to slime a Presidential candidate, even if he’s a war hero. But going after a 12-year-old kid who’s been injured is pure cowardice. Young people should take notice of this episode: it’ll let them know which party’s really on their side.

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