If I were to just read the Herald and listen to KGMI for my news as many in Whatcom do, then I would really miss a lot of very pertinent news. I would miss the other side of so many issues, especially on subjects that our local Democrats and Liberals have chosen as campaign points. One such issue is children’s health care funding. I continue to see only the socialist Democrat position reported and I can’t remember the news using the word socialism even though that is exactly what the proposed programs are; socialized medicine for children and young adults.
The way the whole State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is being promoted by the Democrats is highly political and very deceptive in a similar fashion as when Gov. Gregoire claimed she was suing the Federal Government to protect newborns. Wouldn’t it be nice if Whatcom County residents were treated to both sides of this pivotal issue? We are being lead to believe that the program is needed to care for poor children who would otherwise go without. We are being led to believe a political device that President Bush doesn’t care about children. And while we see, hear and read the Democrat position we rarely see, hear or read the accused President’s actual position.
This post has kind a dual purpose. First, shedding light… wait…letting some sunshine on the socialist bias of local media news. Second is a rather progressive purpose; actually print our President’s position.
Here is what the President said recently about the program:
The President strongly supports reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). His SCHIP proposal expands funding by 20 percent and maintains a focus on covering children in poor families.
Unfortunately, Congress’s bill goes far beyond SCHIP’s mandate by covering some higher income households and adults.
Months ago, the President made clear he would veto an SCHIP bill that: takes the program away from its original intent of covering poor children; moves millions of American children who now have private health insurance into government-run health care; and is an incremental step toward a government-run health care system. The bill also includes excessive spending funded with significant tax increases.
Once the Democrats finish their political posturing, the President looks forward to working with Congress to pass SCHIP reauthorization legislation he can sign.
The President urges Congress to quickly pass a clean, temporary extension of the current SCHIP program so the millions of families who rely on SCHIP do not suffer when this important program expires on September 30.
The President’s statement is kind of like Paul Harvey’s the rest of the story, only it is our President whom you would expect would be covered as the primary story with the Democratic Party’s position as the rest. The President’s position is important. It should be primary in the news. But even as stupid as some liberals claim our leader to be, he recognizes that the Democratic Party’s position is foremost in the news and has made a statement shooting holes in their political slander.
MYTH #1: President Bush’s proposal would not help poor children.
- FACT: The President strongly supports SCHIP reauthorization and his 2008 budget proposed to increase SCHIP funding by $5 billion over five years. This is a 20 percent increase over current levels of funding.
- FACT: The President’s proposal maintains SCHIP’s original purpose of targeting dollars to poor children who need them most.
MYTH #2: Cost is the only reason for President Bush’s veto threat.
- FACT: There are numerous problems with Congress’s SCHIP bill. In addition to raising spending by $35 to $50 billion, the legislation:
- Turns a program meant to help poor children into one that covers children in some households with incomes of up to $83,000 a year.
- Would move millions of American children who now have private health insurance into government-run health care.
- Is an incremental step toward the Democrats’ goal of a government-run health care system.
- Raises taxes on working Americans.
- Relies on a budget gimmick that drops SCHIP funding by almost 80 percent in year six, masking future deficits and ultimately resulting in a choice between higher taxes or forcing millions of children to lose health insurance.
- Creates new funding schemes inviting states to overspend their budgets and shift health care costs to the Federal government by using SCHIP funding to offset state Medicaid spending.
- Provides incentives to states to relax protections against enrolling ineligible individuals, including illegal immigrants.
There are also 3 more myths busted in this White House statement Myth/Fact: Five Key Myths About President Bush’s Support for SCHIP Reauthorization