As expected, today the conservative minority in the House obstructed the public will, sustained President Bush’s veto of bipartisan legislation and denied four million kids health insurance.
Advocates for children hoped that they could gain more votes by stressing that the looming recession makes it more urgent to increase funding to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. But they couldn’t squeeze even one more conservative vote, as obstructionist congresspeople kept their head in the sand.
Some Republicans said expanding SCHIP was not an economic stimulus.
“We don’t want to squander money to pay for health insurance for those who can afford it themselves,” said Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga.
Who can “afford” it?!
What is it about 9 million kids whose parents currently can’t afford health insurance don’t they understand?
And with recession looming, that number may go up very soon.