President Bush vetoed a 35 billion dollar expansion of SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) today. What you're probably hearing though is that he has decided not to care about child healthcare, which is entirely untrue. President Bush vetoed a bill that would expand the program to included families that make more than $80,000 a year and to include more than 700,000 adults. President Bush asked for a 5 billion dollar expansion to this program (which is enought to run this program over the next five years) and what the Democrats in the Senate have done is completely unnecessary.
This program was created to insure those children whose families do not qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance. The bill that the Senate passed would encourage families that already have private insurance to drop their insurance and get free insurance through this program. It would be step back from America's values and a step toward Socialism.
Democrats were going to pay for this program by raising the tax on cigarettes from .39 to 1.00 a box (that's over a 150% increase). That tax hike would hit the lower class the hardest because studies show that lower income parents are more like to smoke than higher income parents. But wait...I thought that Democrats fight for the poor? Once again, the hypocrisy of the Democrats rearing it's ugly head. And it would not just be a tax hike on cigarettes; what happens when the Democrats want to include more in this program? Our taxes are going to sky-rocket!!! I don't want to give half or more of everything I earn to the government, do you? I would hope not because we are suppose to live in a Capitalist society not a Socialist (Communist) society.
So here's the message to Congress: Lower taxes (keep your dirty hands out of my pockets), shrink the government and quit trying to impose liberal, secular and lunatic views and opinions on me and my family!!! Thank-you for reading and God bless.