Thursday, October 18, 2007

Insurance Industry 1, Sick Children 0

From Bush's press conference yesterday:
"And I believe strongly in private medicine.

Now, I think the federal government ought to help those who are poor. And it's one of the reasons why I worked on Medicare reform was to make sure that we fulfill our promise to the elderly.

But I don't like plans that move people from — encourage people to move from private medicine to the public, and that's what's happening under this bill."
Bush got what he wanted:

Republicans Speak: No Healthcare For Children

Even though this latest CBS News poll found an overwhelming majority of Americans supported the legislation:

WOULD YOU FAVOR OR OPPOSE EXPANDING S-CHIP?

Favor - 81%
Oppose - 15%

WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO PAY MORE TAXES TO EXPAND S-CHIP? (Among those who favor expanding S-CHIP)

Yes -74%
No - 17%

These men voted no on SCHIP here in Michigan: Camp, Hoekstra, Knollenberg, McCotter, Rogers and Walberg. They have tax-payer funded public insurance - and so do their children. Remember that when you vote in 2008.

5 comments:

abi said...

The will of the people be damned. Makes me sick.

Larry said...

This "compassionate comservative" obviously has venom in his black heart for the poor and their offspring.

Kathy said...

Fellas, this vote made me sick too. Health care should be just as important as police and fire coverage. Profit shouldn't be a concern.

Thomas Gagne said...

John Stossel's always good for an interesting perspective. In this article he suggests the problem with health insurance isn't people without it, but people with it.

Kathy said...

Thomas, thanks for the link. It was a good read, and I agree that people (and providers) are part of the problem. I thought the deductibles he mentioned were rather low though. It's my experience with my own health insurance and that of other family members, that deductibles are much higher.

The problems associated with our expensive health care shouldn't have anything to do with covering the uninsured though. Those are two separate issues.