Saturday, October 06, 2007

Bush's SCHIP Veto is Morally Unacceptable

As expected, President Bush yesterday vetoed legislation that would expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

At our religious leaders' news conference on Tuesday, I spoke of the issues at stake here.
Jesus made healing a principal sign of his ministry and of the presence of the kingdom of God. From a biblical point of view, it is simply wrong when health becomes a commodity and accessibility depends upon wealth. Until something is done to make universal health care a reality in America, millions of families will remain poor. SCHIP is one bill – one program – to help fix the health care problem. No bill is perfect. But a bipartisan group of legislators think it is a good bill in the right direction.

To veto the bill, with no alternative plan instead - to simply abandon millions of poor children, to leave them to a market system that is failing to provide health care to enough people - is simply morally unacceptable. We must not allow this to become an ideological battle over the larger issue of health care systems. This is about a specific program for poor children that a bipartisan majority believes is working. This is not about health care theories - this is about children. And now, overriding a presidential veto will become the next faith-based issue.

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Blogger Jeni said...

I loved (NOT) the comment Bush made that there is no children's health care crisis because all the parents have to do is take the kid to the emergency room. And what do the parents do later when the huge bills from the emergency room usage start to arrive? But what would someone who has never EVER had to worry about paying for healthcare know about such matters anyway? His blase attitude about this -and so many other issues - just boggles the mind.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

I don't think the kids will be left in the cold. The pols will get together this month and pass a less expensive version, the Dems are already talking about the necessity of doing so as they don't have the votes to override the veto.

This is one of the few things I think I've agreed with Bush on. If I have the numbers right, and I may not, the congressional plan would have given free child health care to families making $80,000 a year. That, as Bush says would provide and incentive for those families to drop their private plans for their kids and have the government pay.

2:22 PM  
Blogger friend said...

Got to agree with Dave here...a little silly to pass such a weak bill - way to go Bush, once again.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Mom said...

I agree with Dave.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Yeah! Way to go Bushy. I STILL think he should not have vetoed that bill and I STILL think this war in Iraq is useless.

5:22 PM  
Blogger friend said...

Nothing in life more useless than helping rid the world of a dictator who gases innocent minority groups, and sends money to families of suicide bombers...EVEN if we were the idiots that put him in power in the first place. (Sarcasm and smile...with lots of love in place....).

One thing even more useless???? Stopping Al Quida in Iraq from terrorizing the middle east and forcing people into following a religion.

Some of your biggest criticism is reserved for religious should focus it on Radical Imams and Jihadists instead of James Dobson and President Bush.

Love you brother...even when I can't disagree with you more.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

That dictator is now dead. They are fighting their own civil war now. Al Quaida is not just in Iraq. They're all over the middle east and probably some even right here in the USA.

And if Dobson gets his way, the GOP will never win this election because the GOP candidates are not Christian enough for him, so he wants to start a thrid party?

Whatever...........(with a smile of course, as always)

Love ya man! Really I do. I just don't agree with you on this one. But it's all good.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

News flash: Civil war... not, Petraeus surge worked, Iraq governing itself, US troops pulling out.
God bless America.

8:01 AM  

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