Denying Children Health Insurance As Political Cover
But the more sinister aspect of this little bit of Bu$hCo maneuvering is that the new restrictions fall disproportionately on larger, bluer states--those states where the federal poverty level is a woefully inadequate standard. California, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, for example, have all been granted exemptions to extend the program to families making many times the federal poverty level. But the new rules require that states show 95% enrollment of children below the 200% level before they can exercise their exemption, allowing the administration to cut the more populous states off at the knees while protecting the so-called "red states". State health officials have called the 95% standard hard to achieve and impossible to demonstrate.
So, as the election season approaches, expect to hear the Bush administration trumpet how they reigned in a "wasteful" federal program--in their words, "...return(ing) the Children’s Health Insurance Program to its original focus on low-income children." What they won't mention is that the pain from their changes won't be felt by their own constituents.
HT to Mauigirl for turning Blognonymous on to this issue.
I know it fucking pisses me off.
If the Magical Free Market worked to perfection, we wouldn't NEED these programs. Assholes.
I think there will be a large public backlash against the Bush efforts this time around. I hope it will be enough of a backlash to get more Americans on the side of a national health care plan. I also hope Congress will find a way to thwart the administration, because it would be a huge feather in Congress' cap at a time when the pundits are raking them over the coals and labeling them "do-nothings"...
Randal... Yeah it does seem to be the topic dujour. Got get over to your blog and read your post. Be there in a tic.
Nvisiblewmn... I think you meant: "Sinister, cynical bunch of bastards!"
What do you expect? You guys are commie pinkos. :)
Who Hijacked Our Country
Tom... Bush's main purpose I think is to give the GOP contenders political cover with the base. The other...lashing out at the blue states is just a side benefit.
To him they are just something you use as cannon fodder in your wars. Just like Hitlers Youth Movement used the children to fight in World War III.
So much for the Culture of Life RFN's.
Other nations. Citizenship for soldiery. Then again, they keep on fucking the country up, not sure if we'll be quite the lure we used to be.
I'm outraged but not surprised. None of their constituents ever feel the pain of war either.