Recall with me for a moment the time a couple years ago when Kanye West issued an impromptu declaration on NBC stating, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Well, he was right, but only partially. It would seem that George W. Bush doesn’t much care for children, either.
I have this friend – goes by Cat here at VOX – who definitely has her share of hardships. Just go read this post to get an idea of how bad it can get for an average family living in the Land of the Free.
Now, I am of the firm belief that my tax money could not be better spent than in making sure that kids like Cat’s beloved son Aaron get all the medical attention they require. Indeed, if I could divert my taxes away from children in Iraq and towards children here in my own country, I’d do it without a moment’s hesitation. Am I selfish that way? Hell, yes!
But the inarticulate rich-boy running my homeland doesn’t care about the mass on Aaron’s brain. Mr. Bush couldn’t care less that this little boy endures more hardship in a single day than he himself has suffered in his entire life. In Dubya’s mind, the literally hundreds of Absence Seizures poor Aaron has in a day are insignificant, especially when compared to, say, keeping unwanted Mexicans out of the U.S. ($4.2 Billion), or blowing up and rebuilding a foreign country that never even attacked us (currently $456 Billion).
Bush’s lack of concern will become manifest very soon when he vetoes the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). He will do this despite the fact that 2/3 of the country supports the proposal. He will do this even though the measure has acquired bipartisan approval. He’ll veto the bill even though it would expand the program to cover an additional 4 million children. The reasons Dubya gives for his decision are dubious, if not outright false, and lead me to the conclusion that Bush is simply apathetic to the needs of the nation’s low income children. Let me show you what I mean:
Bush claims that the bill won’t actually help the poor, stating it involves “taking a program meant to help poor children and turning it into one that covers children in households with incomes of up to $83,000 a year”. But the truth is that 70% all the children covered by the bill would be from families with incomes below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) [+]. Further, of the five million uninsured children who would gain coverage under the new bill, around 80% come from families with incomes below 200 percent of the FPL.
Bush claims that SCHIP is “an incremental step toward the goal of government-run health care for every American”. But the truth is that while this is government-funded program it is NOT government-run. Under the new bill, benefits are administered by private insurers and care is provided by private doctors and nurses.
Bush claims the proposal by Congress would “move millions of American children who now have private health care into government-run health care.” But the truth is that millions of children who would be covered by the bill will end up with no insurance at all if it is vetoed. A large portion of the remaining kids will experience huge gaps in their coverage [+].
Now, it should surprise no one that Dubya continues his method of deceiving the American people. But given these particular lies and the topic they have been devised to obfuscate, the only logical conclusion is that Bush’s political and financial aspirations are more important to him than whether children like Aaron enjoy happy, healthy lives.
Be nice if he would just admit it.