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Bush Vetoes a Piece of SCHIP

Posted by Ryan on October 3, 2007

President Bush vetoed the extension of the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP) today in what is sure to be a public relations coup against the slow-to-react White House.  Bush has a point with his veto, but his spin machine will lose to Rahm Emmanuel and the Dems playing the “$700 billion for Iraq but nothing for our sick kids” demagoguery.  This vetoed bill would actually institute a regressive 61 cent tax on cigarettes.  As a matter of principle I believe that this is bad karma:  using cigarette tax money to pay for children’s health insurance– it’s kind of twisted, even when you think that poorer people tend to smoke, and poorer people are part of SCHIP. 

A typical result of too much liberalism:  the poor end up paying for the poor.  Not anymore!  Now the poor end up paying for the middle class too!  Bush’s argument is that families with incomes of $83,000 should not get a government handout, especially when that same family already has private insurance.  Sensible, yet you ask, what kind of people would switch from private insurance to government coverage?  I’m sure a few suckers would get caught up in the mix.  SCHIP is for those folks who don’t qualify for Medicaid, but don’t have health insurance either.  This bill expands the number of people covered from 6.6 million to nearly 11 million, including 700,000 adults! 

Also, Congress didn’t bother to compromise on a bill that would have passed and thereby helped the children the Left is so uppity about.  Again, their purpose seems to be to score political points rather than help people.  But, the Republicans are in a bind here.  The veto may be sustained, but the Dems can demagogue this issue through next year.  Your average voter is going to have difficulty understanding the economic soundness of the Bush argument, they’ll just the sick kids.  It’s quite a bind.  I hope the veto is sustained:  the bill is a bad precedent, filled with bad karma, big government liberalism, and populist demagoguery rather than sound economic principles.


4 Responses to “Bush Vetoes a Piece of SCHIP”

  1. nidalu said

    I am very average guy who does not understand politics. If Bush thought the program extended to upper middle class or whatever, why couldn’t he invite the congress to sit down with him, discuss and rewrite the bill to make sure only the need would benefit? Why did he accomplish by vetoeing the bill? What was the mechanism that allowed to expand the way it did?

    Can please somebody educate me?

  2. Ryan said

    Another issue that Bush has with this bill is that the Democrats chose to push the bill through without consulting the minority party, the Republicans. Bush, a Republican, has to do battle with a Congress controlled by Democrats. In order to get the votes to pass Congress, the Democrats did not need many Republican votes, so they didn’t bother to extend a hand to negotiate.

    The way our system works, Congress can override a veto with a 2/3 vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Democrats probably don’t have the votes to do that so the bill would die. So, if the veto is not overridden, then they will finally sit down together to work this out.

    Hope that helps!

  3. kip said

    A heck of a lot of republicans backed the bill. It’s veto-proof in the Senate, and twelve votes will decide if it will be sustained in the House. Seems pretty clear there’s quite a bit of support for this.

  4. Mike said

    That’s true Kip but I wonder if that would be the case if they knew that the adult children of familes making 80K were entitled to goverment handouts. In any case, the fact that it may be popular (if it is, the amnesty bill had significant Congressional backing despite its unpopularity with the public) doesn’t make it right.

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