Philosophized to Death

President Bush is planning to veto health care for children based on “philosophical reasons.”

The president said he objects on philosophical grounds to a bipartisan Senate proposal to boost the State Children’s Health Insurance Program by $35 billion over five years. Bush has proposed $5 billion in increased funding and has threatened to veto the Senate compromise and a more costly expansion being contemplated in the House.

“I support the initial intent of the program,” Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post after a factory tour and a discussion on health care with small-business owners in Landover. “My concern is that when you expand eligibility… you’re really beginning to open up an avenue for people to switch from private insurance to the government.”

Are you kidding me? He’s willing to let kids get sick and possibly die because he’s worried about who’s going to pay for it? Has he lost his mind? (Yes, I realize that is a rhetorical question.)

This from someone who claims to be pro-life. Well, sure, as long as you’re talking about fetuses and blastocysts in a Petri dish; then he’s all over them, doing everything he can to ensure that every sperm is sacred. But once they’re born, hey, baby, you’re on your own, and don’t be coming around to the guvamint asking for any help. If you can’t pay my pals at Big Health and Big Pharma, then your life ain’t worth it, and it certainly isn’t worth it to allow “socialized medicine” to creep into America.

That will make a nice epitaph: “This child died to save us from universal health care.”

Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.

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18 responses to “Philosophized to Death

  1. Pro-life only counts until the child is born. At that point, it’s a dog-eat-dog world. If that kid wanted to live, she should have had the sense to be born to rich parents, like George was.

  2. Constant Comment

    Last week the Moron-in-Chief declared that we should go to emergency rooms for healthcare. I’m sure all the hospitals LOVED hearing that…

  3. No one should be surprised. Jesus IS his favorite philosopher. Everyone knows that passage in the Bible: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a child to get health care.”

  4. Arkades

    Wow, very Ebeneezer of you there, Georgie! Why not just go ahead and ask about those workhouses? C’mon, you know you wanna!

    …I think whoever is playing Marley in this little drama missed his cue. Any pangs of conscience are years overdue, at this point.

  5. Read this account of George W. Bush’s experience with sick children and ask yourself if he has the capacity to give a shit. Because I think he’s okay with them dying as long as they don’t die near him.

  6. But my question is, where is the true angst, protests, etc. by the very people who are uninsured/underinsured?? Why is it a very rich Michael Moore who is speaking up for these people, and most of them ridicule him as being a “fat librul commie”??

    Most of the people standing up for the uninsured are the “horrible libruls”…

    It is almost like why are we fighting for people who don’t fight for themselves?

    I used to do consulting in HR for a small company in Miami – the owner literally stole over $100K in 401(k) deductions – i.e the employees would get the payroll deduction, but he wouldn’t send in their contributions, nor of course did he send the employer match…for over a year and a half!

    When I found out I was outraged – this man deserved to be fined, jailed, etc. However, the employees – ALL OF THEM – are still there – and do you know what? The owner has never paid them back – of course how can you pay back what they might have made on their investment, but not even the payroll deductions taken during that year and a half have ever been sent to the 401(k) – he switched companies and “started” from scratch.

    So, ending this long story – my point is, I wanted to fight for the employees, but why fight for them if they were going to bend over and take it and do nothing? None of them were making more than 30-40K per year and they were contributing the max to the 401(k)…

    /end rant

    ee

  7. George Bush doesn’t care about children. Insurance companies are far more important. Thankfully, Bush is a compassionate conservative. Otherwise he might not appreciate the “original intent” of SCHIP in the first place.

  8. Erin M

    I know it’s a rhetorical no-no, but I can only answer your question/rant with a question, ee:

    How can you? How can you responsibly protest, complain, make noise, whatever in the economic system we have. At-will employment pretty much guarantees that it won’t happen. You protest, you’re fired. If you’re lucky, you’re covered under whistleblower laws, but suing makes you radioactive in the job market. Not suing still leaves you up shit’s creek because a) you were fired and b) you blew any chance of getting a reference. How are you going to explain that at your next interview? What you say: “Well, you see, my old boss was a criminal, and someone had to do something about it.” What the new company hears: “Troublemaker. Not a ‘team-player.’ Round-file this application for sure.”

    I accept there are good HR managers (present company presumably included) that would admire that in an employee, but I get the feeling many wouldn’t. They want predictable cogs, not boat-rockers. And throw in the anchors of insurance and family obligations (gotta put food on them somehow), and the term wage slavery starts to look a little too apt, doesn’t it? I see this as exactly the same reason we don’t have political protest the way we used to (who, literally, can afford it?).

    I don’t know what the solution is, direct or indirect, but things like the decline of unions and the current debt load and debt structure that many people live under makes it the reality we have to deal with. Maybe those workers are apathetic, but what is their meaningful choice? It’s why I really can’t get down on the average Jane and Joe too much. If you want to eat, it’s just not easy to do anything but go along to get along.

  9. It is almost like why are we fighting for people who don’t fight for themselves?

    Because that’s what civilized people should do.

  10. Mustang and Erin – yes of course you are both right, and I know it. It is not so much anger toward them for not fighting, but for their ridicule of the ones who are fighting for them…and “deify-ing” someone like Bush, who would stomp on them in a blue minute…in fact, is doing just that.

    ee

  11. There’s another factor, ee, which is that a lot of the poor think no one cares about them, so why bother? And when they hear the righties ridiculing John Edwards, a multi-millionaire, promise to fight for the poor, they snicker; what’s a rich guy gonna do for the poor?

    Yet all of the people who are doing the snickering are the rich, and most of them didn’t earn a dime of their own fortune, whereas John Edwards worked his way up from poverty. (George W. Bush hasn’t had to earn an honest day’s paycheck worth of work in his life.)

    So with that kind of mindset running the country, why should the poor expect any help? Because, as I said before and echoing Hubert Humphrey, the true test of any civilized nation is how it treats the least among them. (Oh, and I think I remember GWB’s “favorite philosopher” say something like that, too.)

    Ironically, some of the greatest advocates for the poor have been the rich who inherited their wealth. Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy both had family fortunes and were set for life. Yet they saw they had a duty to try to help the poor. There’s a lesson lost on the rich in power today.

  12. It really has become an “every man for himself” mentality all over the world, Mustang Bobby. Is that because of the sheer number of people that are on this planet now??

    ee

  13. Erin M

    I missed that part of your point, ee. Thanks for highlighting it for me. This is where the whole conservative scam comes into play, though. See, they’d all be doing just fine if it weren’t for those lazy Mexicans and welfare queens, right? Keep people kicking down the ladder and hope they forget to start punching upward, it’s the name of the game.

  14. Is that because of the sheer number of people that are on this planet now??

    Could be. I read a report that said if we all left, the earth would restore itself to it’s natural balance in a matter of years.

    I’m waiting for Starfleet to cut me new orders any day now… 🙂

  15. I would go also!! lol 🙂

  16. carol

    Educated Eclectic,

    Please don’t stop fighting for me.

    As I’ve already explained regarding the SCHIP topic; I am a mother to 4. My husband works hard at his job, and I do sewing, cooking, cleaning, and babysitting on the side to make grocery money. We are “poor” enough to qualify for SCHIP, for now. As far as my husband and I, we haven’t been able to afford health insurance for years. If our kids don’t get insurance through the state, there is NO WAY we could afford it on our own.

    I live in South Alabama. Who am I going to complain to? Do you really think JEFF SESSIONS gives a damn about me? What about Congressman Jo Bonner? And don’t insult me by telling me I voted for them; please. How about I write to the senators and congressmen of other states? Good idea, but sometimes, they write back and tell me they don’t really care about my problem if I’m not a constituent.

    Leave Alabama? We could, but it’s our home, and has been our home for generations. Still, Canada has seemed inviting. But I have a step daughter who is only 11 years old. Is her family going to let her move to Canada with us? Moving is out of the question until she is grown up.

    Besides, is the SCHIP situation any better in any other state? Not really.

    My only hope then, is that other Americans will consider their fight for doing what is right an INVESTMENT in their own futures. I am working hard to give my children the best education possible (I home school, rather than send to public schools). Perhaps one of my children will be your doctor one day. Or your senator.

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  18. Simon Jericho

    In regards to ee’s story, I think that poor people often become so accustomed to being fucked over that it becomes more and more difficult for many of them to summon up a decent sense of outrage when it happens for the 50,000th time. They’ve anastheticized themselves to the injustice because it has, for many of them, become the only response that does not end in greater injustice.

    Like an old song, “Been Down So Long It Feels Like Up To Me.”

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