Skip to comments.(Vanity) Democrats and Health Care, or, the SCHIP hits the fan
Posted on 10/14/2007 8:05:23 PM PDT by grey_whiskers
By now nearly everyone has heard of the SCHIP program, which is an extension of government-run health care, to include some adults up to age 25, and to extend coverage to families of four with a family income up to $82,000 per year. President Bush rejected the bill, which now has to go back to the House and Senate for the Democrats to attempt to override the veto. The Democrats chose not to do a rebuttal of President Bushs veto directly. Instead, they chose 12-year old Graeme Frost, whose family has two working parents but who still do not have private health insurance. This was supposed to show how cruel President Bush was even though his own proposal would have increased funding for the program by 4 billion dollars.
However, the attempted PR coup backfired. First, the Baltimore Sun ran a story on the family. This was next picked up on the conservative forum Free Republic, where a member with the screen name icwhatudo wrote an article pointing out (among other things) that the familys children attended a pricy private school. That article was picked up by national radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, and the fun began.
Along the way, however, Rush inadvertently made mention of something which puts the whole affair in a different light. And not just the tempest in a teapost which is SCHIP; instead, the entire approach of the Democratic Party, and its relationship to the aveage citizen. But I am getting ahead of myself. Lets return to Rush Limbaughs own words. This quote is from the page for the October 10, 2007 program:
There was a case, and I had it in the stack yesterday, some mother back in the mid-nineties, Hillary used this woman to promote health insurance for everybody and so forth and so on. The mother had a baby, and the baby was continually sick with digestive problems. The doctors couldn't figure it out. No matter what they tried, she didn't get better, and it took $2 million of health care over a number of months and years, and they still could not figure any of this out. Well, they later found out that the mother had been force-feeding the kid certain kinds of health foods or whatever that screwed the little kid all up, and then had defrauded some government agency of $60,000 -- and these are the people that the Democrats trot up.
I know, I know; the obvious cheap shot is that everyone that the Democrats spotlight is a fraud, and the Democrats are complicit in the fraud. But thats not what this says to me. Look again at the excerpt, more carefully: They later found out that the mother had been force-feeding the kid certain kinds of health foods or whatever that screwed the little kid all up. (Not to mention the fact that the government wasted $60,000 on the affair.) What does that sound like? Nanny state government! The treatment of the one child by a zealous mother is a microcosm of the Democratic Party and its attitude towards all citizens. It doesnt matter what we need or what we want, but the government is going to decide FOR us, and then force their decision on us, regardless of the cost. As Hillary Clinton herself said: Were going to take things away from you and use them for the common good. And this is noble and good, because the liberals intentions are good. Remember what they say about the Road to Hell and its surface compost err, composition.
There is one last question which occurs to me while writing this. Remember the famous guy with the ponytail during the 1992 Presidential Debates? He asked the candidates how can we as symbolically the children of the future president expect the two of you, the three of you to meet our needs? The Democrats have fallen so far from the days of JFK, who said, Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. How did they ever descend to this? And for that matter, for all the nostalgia for Camelot, there are a lot of areas in which Hillary, Media Matters, Move On, and George Soros would disapprove of JFK. Just for the record, JFK faced down the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis, lowered taxes, and invaded a Soviet puppet regime (albeit unsuccessfully, but it was a nice try for a Dem). Come to think of it, Medicare and the Great Society were started by Johnson, not Kennedy. Maybe we should ask the Democrats to return to their roots.
I've been beating this drum for years and years. Liberals regard presidents as father substitutes. This explains their generally bratty behavior and BDS neuroses. Also their vision of government as Santa Claus and their sense of entitlement to "Free Stuff."
IMHO, an important fact that has been lost in the media fog...
If SCHIP was just renewed at current levels with NO expansion, poor Graeme Frost would have been covered, just as he was when the accident occured.
I’ve been searching high and low to find a link to the bill as vetoed.
If you or anyone has it, please post it.
The real question is what is socialized medicine. Whom will it cover? Whom will it let die? What does it cost? Is is really free?
Now to the really hard questions: What does it cost to live to a certain age under our system verses socialized medicine. Do we want the cheaper system or the more expensive system? If I am wealthy (I am not) should I be able to buy private health services that will allow me to live longer than an individual without this wealth. At what age do you tell an individual that he is too old for a kidney or liver or heart transplant?
I really like my last question. Should any legislator be prosecuted for availing himself of private health care outside of this country if our country establishes a socialized medical system? I am talking felony prosecution!
So they need to find a champion in the ‘new group’ of covered families.
I wonder if Bill Gates is free?
Poke around the site and tell me what you see...
Sock it to the idiots.
JFKennedy sure would represent a major improvement to the Dems today, however remember that the Cuban missile crisis was based on the weakness that the Soviets saw when the JFK USA failed to back the anti-Castro Cubans @ the Bay of Pigs. As usual, weakness by Dems and Rinos always results in bad consequences, IMO our enemies will exploit the Dems much moreso than any Rep.
I have news for ‘em.
They’re not my kids. I feel no obligation to fund their medical needs through my taxes. If you can’t feed ‘em (or provide for their healthcare) don’t breed ‘em.