Well well well....
It looks like compassionate Conservatism is rearing its head once again.
Coming on the heels of Michael Moore's Sicko, Bush & Co. gives the middle finger to America's children- pledging to veto a new child healthcare Bill. They supposedly believe in "Family Values", but apparently they don't value the idea of healthy families. Interesting irony indeed.
Bush & Co. does not support an increase of a few billion dollars per year over the next few years (to total $35 billion). The increase would expand the existing Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) which is scheduled to expire at the end of September. The proposed increase would provide insurance for an additional 4 million uninsured children. But Bush & Co. advisors are encouraging George W. to veto the Bill....it is just not worth the investment. Yet the U.S. wastes $10 billion EVERY MONTH on the unneccesary war in Iraq. (1) Even Republican members of Congress are challenging Bush & Co. on this Bill and are not happy about the planned veto.
Meet Susie Flynn, a 10 year old running for President as a way to put pressure on the 2008 Presidential candidates to make healthcare for children a priority. The above Bill is the legislation that she was promoting. This just illustrates how screwed up America's priorities are.