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Yesterday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) attacked the nine “liberal Democrat” “naysayers” who voted against his resolution on the “importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.” Today, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) responded, explaining his vote:

While the Republicans are passing a resolution celebrating Christmas, the president was vetoing health care for children. There’s a little bit of irony going on around here.

King was one of the lawmakers who voted against expanding SCHIP.

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13 December 2007 at 5:33 pm

SCHIP smears: Olbermann reports

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This clip includes Olbermann interviewing Paul Krugman. Good to watch.

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17 October 2007 at 8:45 am

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A President who lies

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He does more than lie, but lie he does. From Dan Froomkin today:

Lou Dubose writes in the Washington Spectator: “‘I have strongly supported the S-CHIP as a governor, and I have done so as president,’ said President Bush at the beginning of a hastily called press conference on September 20.

“He was lying.

“Most elected officials lie. . . . Yet the lie President Bush told about his position on the children’s health insurance program while he was governor of Texas is newsworthy. It was intended to mask an ideological rigidity that will adversely affect the lives of millions of children, just as Bush’s ideological rigidity in 1999 would have affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in Texas if the legislature hadn’t forced him to implement S-CHIP.”

Dubose writes that “as governor of Texas, Bush used the legislative calendar to stall two years before implementing the program, then fought to limit the number of children covered. . . . When the legislature convened in 1999, Bush recommended implementing the S-CHIP, but with enrollment requirements so stringent that hundreds of thousands of qualified children would have been locked out of the program. . . .

“At first, Bush was unyielding. But he was running for president, watching polls. In the end, he capitulated, agreeing to the Democrats’ plan, with its enrollment of 500,000 children in the program. I was standing in the House chamber when Bush walked over to the Democratic legislator who had led the fight.

“‘Congratulations,’ Bush said to him. ‘You shoved it down our throat.'”

Some people lose respect for Presidents who lie about their past political positions and decisions. Others say, “IOKIYAR.”

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16 October 2007 at 3:33 pm

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The next smear job for the Right

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Another SCHIP ad, probably another Right-wing smear attack:

ThinkProgress notes that the parents this time are ready for the amazingly mean-spirited mob mentality of the Right:

The last SCHIP family to go public about the value of the health insurance program — the Frosts — was smeared by the right wing. The Wilkersons said today they aren’t scared of the attacks that may come against them:

The Wilkersons said they are fully aware of the possibility that their finances and personal lives may be investigated by opponents of the SCHIP bill.

“We rent a house, we have one car that is a junker. Let them dig away,” Bo Wilkerson said. “I have $67 in my checking account. Does that answer your question?”

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15 October 2007 at 6:42 pm

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More sliming and smearing the Frost family

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It continues. The Anonymous Liberal:

Mark Steyn just won’t give up. Having spent the last few days spreading false information about a twelve-year old and his family, he returns for one last round of factually-challenged callousness. He writes:

Mr Frost works “intermittently”. The unemployment rate in the Baltimore metropolitan area is four-percent. Perhaps he chooses to work “intermittently,” just as he chooses to send his children to private school, and chooses to live in a 3,000-square-foot home. That’s what free-born citizens in democratic societies do: choose. Sometimes those choices work out, and sometimes they don’t. And, when they don’t and catastrophe ensues, it’s appropriate that the state should provide a safety net. But it should be a safety net of last resort, and it’s far from clear that it is in this case.

. . .I’m not persuaded the Frost family are the best judges of the nation’s choices.

Good lord, what an insufferable jerk. Even after knowing the facts, he continues to badly mischaracterize them. Yes, the Frosts choose to send their kids to private school, but they pay almost nothing for it. Their son has a scholarship and the state pays their daughter’s tuition because of her special needs (she suffered brain injuries as a result of the accident). And Steyn’s claim that Mr. Frost works only “intermittently” is based solely on this line from the New York Times:

Mr. Frost works intermittently in woodworking and as a welder . . .

It seems to me the author means that Mr. Frost works both as a woodworker and a welder, not that he’s some sort of shiftless layabout who only works from time to time. And as the article makes clear, the Frosts bought their 3,000 square foot home (picture here) for $55,000.

But beyond the blatant factual distortions, the whole thrust of Steyn’s condescending post is off-base. He seems to be suggesting that the Frosts were irresponsible and the rest of us shouldn’t have to foot the bill for their bad choices. But the Frosts were responsible. They signed up for and purchased S-CHIP insurance for their children. And when their children were badly injured in a car accident, that insurance covered the bills, thereby protecting the family from financial ruin. That’s the whole point. That’s why this family was trotted out as an example of why S-CHIP works.

If President Bush and Mark Steyn have their way, families like the Frosts won’t be eligible for this kind of insurance. And given that two of the Frosts children now have severe pre-existing conditions, it will not be possible for them to find private health insurance. It takes a special kind of callous obliviousness not to see this obvious reality.

Steyn complains about creeping entitlements, but that’s not what S-CHIP is. It’s a program that offers affordable health care to children of parents who don’t make very much money. In other words, it’s a program that allows parents to make the responsible choice, to insure their children and protect their family against catastrophe. Without S-CHIP, there would–indisputably–be many more uninsured children out there and many more bankrupt families, which would not only be tragic in and of itself, but would cost society a lot more in the long run.

And finally, even if Steyn’s argument was at all relevant to this situation–in other words, even if the Frosts had somehow made bad choices or been irresponsible–how is it at all morally defensible to force their children to pay the price for those mistakes? Remember, we’re talking about children here. What possible rationale is there for making children suffer for their parents mistakes, particularly when it costs so little to provide them with coverage.

Steyn is fortunate he grew up in Canada.

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11 October 2007 at 2:06 pm

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Excellent post on the SCHIP kid

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John Cole is another conservative who believes that the GOP has jumped the track and lost its way. This post about what the right-wingers are doing to the Frost family is right on target, I think.

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9 October 2007 at 12:31 pm

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SCHIP and Bush

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The NY Times editorial today on SCHIP and the compassionate conservative Bush:

President Bush accused Congressional Democrats of putting health coverage for poor children at risk by forcing him to veto a bill that he says is a dangerous step toward government-run health care. The opposite is the case. Mr. Bush is the one putting the health of America’s children at risk, threatening to veto carefully crafted legislation that would reauthorize and expand the valuable State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or S-chip.

We can only hope that fair-minded members of Congress will pass the compromise measure by veto-proof majorities this week. Otherwise, millions of low- and middle-income children would be denied access to a program that has played a critical role in reducing the number of uninsured children over the past decade.

To hear the president tell it, he has long supported the joint federal-state program, and his budget for fiscal year 2008 proposes an additional $5 billion in federal funds spread over the next five years, a 20 percent increase over current levels. What he doesn’t say is that this paltry sum is not even enough to provide continued coverage for all of the children who are currently enrolled, let alone enroll millions more of the uninsured.

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25 September 2007 at 9:36 am

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.

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24 September 2007 at 6:39 pm

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