2007/08/21

Denying Children Health Insurance As Political Cover

The Bush administration is taking advantage the congressional recess to circumvent our legislators' will to expand the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program. By issuing new rules that strictly limit the program to families below 200% of the federal poverty level, while at the same time imposing new guidelines for state by state exemptions, the administration is attempting to put a stake in a program that has broad bi-partisan support in Congress and among state's governors. Even Republicans such as Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA) and Tim Pawlenty (MN) are supporters.

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.

13 Comments:

no suprise. problem never solved. no suprise.
Some issues come and go in various levels of noise in the left blogosphere, but this one seems to be an almost unanimous cause of outrage.
I know it fucking pisses me off.

If the Magical Free Market worked to perfection, we wouldn't NEED these programs. Assholes.
What a bunch of turds we have running our country.

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"...
Sinister bunch of b*st*rds.
Raffi... I know that it's just another example of Bu$hCo politicizing everything under the sun, but that it's used against poor and lower middle-income children is really-f*cking-egregious!

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.
Snave... I too am hopeful for a national health-care plan. We're working toward that in San Francisco, but 'Thuglican administrations have this nasty habit of going to war with San Francisco and California whenever we do anything that they don't like.

Nvisiblewmn... I think you meant: "Sinister, cynical bunch of bastards!"
but 'Thuglican administrations have this nasty habit of going to war with San Francisco and California whenever we do anything that they don't like.

What do you expect? You guys are commie pinkos. :)
Bush just can't get over the fact that the blue states are more educated (that's why they're blue) and prosperous than the red states. He'll be forever thinking of ways to lash out and get even for this painful fact.

Who Hijacked Our Country
Randal... A well as being easy targets. Like the District of Columbia, all a 'Thuglican has to do is say that they attacked our l'brul laws, ideas, or values and it will immediately be treated as meat for the conservative base. Half the time they don't even need to carry through on their threats. Though, often they do.

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.
Der Fuhrer is not on the side of life. Let alone childrens lives.

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.

God Bless.
Where are we going to get our next crop of soldiers if we don't have healthy kids? I betcha president shitforbrains didn't think of that.
Where are we going to get our next crop of soldiers if we don't have healthy kids?

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.
What they won't mention is that the pain from their changes won't be felt by their own constituents.

I'm outraged but not surprised. None of their constituents ever feel the pain of war either.

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