Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bush Keeps His ENT Busy

All those rhinoplasties have to hurt. Otherwise how would President Bush keep his relatively normal nose length after telling so many lies? These came from yesterday's press conference.

"And finally, the eligibility has been increased up to $83,000."

"And finally, to increase eligibility up to $83,000, in my judgment, is an attempt by some in Congress to expand the reach of the federal government in medicine."

The S-CHIP bill does not increase eligibility up to $83,000 as stated by Senators Orin Hatch and Chuck Grassley. The bill gives states financial incentives to cover families with incomes up to three times the federal poverty level - $61,950 for a family of four. How is a country to feel when their Chief Executive repeatedly tells untruths and our vaunted fourth estate does nothing to challenge it?

I for one, am incensed at George W. Bush, Senator John Cornyn and Representative Mike Conaway for telling falsehoods. Just have the balls to say you don't care about covering kids! It already shows for those paying attention. There are more uninsured children today than in 1992. This is despite SCHIP. Not only do Bush, Cornyn and Conaway not care about uninsured kids, they couldn't give a flip about their parents. Who just got falsely demonized as making $83,000 a year?

Those screaming against covering more kids, beware. Between government and employers, plans are for the individual to pay their health insurance premiums. This is in addition to those ever rising deductibles and co-pays. At least, so says Mike Leavitt, HHS Chief. "It's now time for us to get to the hard work of finding a solution and get SCHIP reauthorized. We also have a larger task, to provide every American with the means of having an insurance policy." Contrast this with China's promise to cover all 1.5 billion of its citizens by 2020. Let's hope leaders everywhere don't lie...

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