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October 12, 2007

Win Win

It is pretty hard to believe that the Bush administration has been fighting against SCHIP funding. Y’know, SCHIP, the program that provides health insurance to poor children? Seems like that would be political suicide. But then again, politically speaking, Bush has spent the last year lying passed out on the floor, with the empty bottle of sleeping pills next to him (except that somehow, those pills never seem to finish the job).

As a result, other right-wingers have jumped into the battle against medicine for poor kids: denouncing socialism, lauding the Brave American Health Care System, and making bald lies about how badly nationalized health care sucks in other countries. To counteract that, there’s a nice thread on the subject over at Pandagon where Americans share their horror stories, and several folks in other countries tell about their experiences with the “horrors” of socialized medicine. Short version: Americans pay hundreds or thousands a month to private insurers with bureacracy and mixed results, if they can even get covered. Many Americans are deemed “too sick” to get health insurance, for all the sense that makes. In contrast, the European and Australian commenters at Pandagon pay less that $100 a month (in taxes) for health insurance and get full coverage. They may have to wait months for elective surgeries, but if they want, they can pay extra for private insurance and have it taken care of quickly. Yeah, sucks to be them.

But I thought of a good counterargument to fight for the nutjobs who are badmouthing against the SCHIP program, one that sets their priorities against each other.

“If we don’t get health insurance for those poor kids, how will they grow up to be big and strong enough to fight in Iraq ten years from now?”

Posted by Jake on October 12, 2007 12:15 am

2 Comments »

  1. “If we don’t get health insurance for those poor kids, how will they grow up to be big and strong enough to fight in Iraq ten years from now?”

    Why, you get all the health care and education you want if you sign your life…I mean your name right here…BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…Oh, I’m sorry. I was thinking of something funny Smithers did the other day.

    Comment by Eric — October 17, 2007 @ 9:47 am

  2. Maybe you should do your research on SCHIP before posting that Bush is trying to deny Health insurance to kids. This bill would cover ALOT MORE than just the poor kids. It already is in affect and does cover poor kids, they just wanted to increase it. Bush is for increasing it, so it covers the poor kids that are left out. It doesn’t take $35 billion to do so. More like $5 billion, which Bush was all for adding on to the current program.

    Do some research and educate yourself. MoveOn.org and Media Matters for America are two very misleading sites out there. Take what they say with a grain of salt.

    Comment by Paul Walker — November 20, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

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