Why is Bush Against Healthcare for Poor Kids?

September 26, 2007 at 9:22 am 5 comments

Only in the twisted mind of George Bush does it make any sense what so ever to favor insurance industry profits over providing healthcare for poor kids.

President Bush is threatening to veto a bill increasing funding for a federal program to provide healthcare to uninsured kids. The House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday and the Senate is expected to take up the bill soon. There are an estimated 48 million Americans without healthcare and 9 million of those are children.

This graphic shows the costs for providing kids with health insurance versus the costs for Bush’s failed war in Iraq.

Bush and some Republicans are concerned that increasing the number of poor kids who get health insurance through the SCHIP program will be a slippery slope towards a single payer universal system of healthcare that would cut out the massive profits made by insurance companies. Protecting the profits of his insurance industry executive buddies is far more important to the president than ensuring that parents are able to take their sick kids to the doctor when necessary. Talk about family values.


Entry filed under: Congress, George Bush, Health, Iraq, Politics, Republicans, War.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. SteveW  |  September 26, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    There are a lot of numbers floating around about how much the Iraq war costs per day. An article on ThinkProgress recently said the daily cost of the Iraq war is $720 million, which is $500,000 per minute.

  • 2. Ted  |  September 26, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Now he wants another 190 billion dollars for the war over and above what he just asked for.

    What an asshole.

    Number of Operations Iraq Freedom
    and Enduring Freedom casualties
    as confirmed by U.S. Central
    Command: 4225

  • 3. foxhollowjewelry  |  September 27, 2007 at 8:26 am

    The way I understand it, congress is shifting a lot of that money to kids that come from families making upwards to 80K, and that are already privately insured. This would actually leave out kids coming from much poorer families. Additionally, there seems to be a problem with this program in insuring adults, not kids. Shouldn’t this government insurance program help those who aren’t able to help themselves? Why would states want to include in their coverage people that exceed the poverty limit by 250%? That makes no sense. And Bush’s war happens to have been voted on by congress before we invaded Irag…so that would make it the United States’ war in Iraq…not Bush’s. This post is just incendiary, and shows that no thought other than hatred for Bush. Hating is easy…and lazy.

  • 4. mo79uk  |  September 27, 2007 at 8:47 am

    I think this is America’s way of controlling the poor population: send teens and upwards to get killed abroad, let local children fall ill and die via inadequate health care. It’s Nazism without the foaming-at-the-mouth symptom.

    It’s all business, of course.

  • 5. Bloggernista  |  September 27, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Fox, the program is set up to assist in providing healthcare to kids who are uninsured. There are currently 9 million kids without healthcare coverage. This is not an attempt to cover kids who are already covered by private insurance as you claim.

    The willingness of Bush and the Republicans to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the Iraq against Iraq while opposing health coverage for poor kids shows that their priorities are screwed up. Ensuring medical care for kids is far more important than continuing a war.


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