America’s politicians are fighting over our children. While the majority of Congress voted to provide increased health insurance coverage for the growing number who are left to fend for themselves, President Bush vetoed the bill.
Bush thinks the program, which provides health insurance to children above the poverty line but whose parents cannot afford coverage, is too expensive and too socialist. But Bush suddenly hinted at compromise after a few days of getting pounded by the press, Democrats and even some Republicans, reports the Los Angeles Times.
That’s political expediency talking, of course. Bush has shown a repeated disdain for America’s children and certainly the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
But partisan politics aside, the law will probably be reauthorized – either through an override or compromise – by mid-November. Why? Because Republicans can’t afford such a huge public relations fiasco.
In a way, it’s a shame, because elections are still year away. By reauthorizing the law now, the issue will be forgotten when it really matters. Instead of galvanizing middle class Americans in favor of sensible health care reform, perhaps the strongest argument in favor of reform will have been removed from the picture.