Monday, July 23, 2007

More on "screw the children"

Shrub may have his hands full if he vetos the child health care program.

Via the La Times:

WASHINGTON — As they tell the story in Texas, when George W. Bush was governor, he fought hard to put austere limits on a new federal-state plan to provide health insurance for children of low-wage workers in the state. Outmaneuvered by Democrats, he corralled the program's chief sponsor on the statehouse floor and conceded defeat, saying, "You crammed it down our throats."

Now, almost 10 years later, President Bush is threatening to veto federal legislation that would renew the same partnership — the State Children's Health Insurance Program — and expand it to cover more of the nation's nearly 9 million uninsured children.

If he follows through on that threat, Bush could face a first in his presidency: a veto override.

The bill is considered Washington's most important legislation this year on health coverage.

And Bush's fellow Republicans are worried that Democrats may do more than back the president into a corner — they could use his opposition to tar GOP incumbents in next year's elections.

If the House and Senate approve the bill and Bush vetoes it, some Republicans say, there is a good chance that many in his own party would join with Democrats in overriding him.

Let's see. Bush is for a private healthcare system determined by the marketplace. And where does Shrub get money for all those expensive campaigns and other cronies? Wouldn't be the healthcare and drug companies that he so nicely feathered their nests would it? Sure he gives a damn about children as long as they're embryos or he can use them for a photo op.

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