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Iraq War vs. Children’s Healthcare

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Via ThinkProgress, this interesting factoid:

Iraq war vs Children’s healthcare

The post goes on to say:

At a recent news conference, President Bush accused supporters of an expanded State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) of trying to “score political points.”

The fight over children’s health isn’t about chalking up political points. It’s about making sure millions of children have access to secure, quality health care.

The House will vote next week on legislation to expand SCHIP to cover 10 million children—4 million of whom are now uninsured. We need a strong bipartisan show of support for the bill to demonstrate to Bush just how isolated he is on this issue.

Click here to tell Congress to stick up for kids, not Bush.

And tell President Bush to sign the bill here.

The bill’s opponents argue the current program should merely be extended. And Bush has claimed the SCHIP bill contains “excessive spending,” even as he’s requested $200 billion more for the war in Iraq.

But because of a big increase in uninsured children in the United States, a simple extension of SCHIP would mean more children than ever would go without doctor visits and medications. With nearly 9 million uninsured children in this country now, we should be doing more to reach them, not less.

It’s time Bush’s allies stood up to him.

As Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) said of a “yes” vote on SCHIP:

It shows that, if [members of Congress] feel strongly about something, they are willing to stand up to the president and tell him.

LaHood is onto something—the American people want Congress to defy Bush. In a recent poll, 64 percent of voters disagreed with the president’s decision to veto SCHIP expansion.

They must know something Bush doesn’t—the SCHIP program works.

Thanks to the program, the number of uninsured children of low-income families has dropped by nearly one-third in a decade. But those gains are in peril as the number of uninsured children jumped to 8.7 million in 2006—an increase of 1 million in just two years.

Children need SCHIP more than ever before.

Tell your representative today to deny political cover to Bush, and instead cover 4 million more uninsured children. Click here to send Congress a message.

Written by Leisureguy

24 September 2007 at 6:39 pm

2 Responses

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  1. I see national defense as a duty and obligation of the State, but providing and raising children the duty and obligation of parents. It does not matter what is spent on war, no amount of that money will ever be spent on children’s medical needs, nor should it be.



    25 September 2007 at 5:21 am

  2. I understand. I view the state as having a legitimate interest in the common welfare, and in particular the welfare of the next generation. If the parents of children are unable to afford health insurance for their children, rather than have the children suffer the lack of care due to their parents’ financial condition, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) has been quite successful in seeing that children of low-income families do get health insurance. This program has been going on and is highly regarded by both parties at the state level—and indeed, in Congress. But the President seems “compassionate conservatism” is best served by discontinuing insurance coverage for children of low-income families, so he agrees with you.

    This difference in our views is basically a difference in how we view the mission of the state. Most people seem to view the state as having a role in this arena.



    25 September 2007 at 9:29 am

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