House Democrats are now packaging the Children's Health Insurance Program with major changes in Medicare. Last time I wrote on this subject, I talked about people with no political voice. Of course, old people are about the only people who read newspapers and vote consistently, so there's now a good shot that this story is here to stay.
Here's Bush's tired position:
President Bush has threatened to veto what he sees as a huge expansion of the children’s health care program, which he describes as a step “down the path to government-run health care for every American.”
Like I've said before, I think the average reasonable person doesn't care about "socialized medicine," whatever that phrase means. People want socialized insurance. Just like we have with police departments, fire departments, schools, etc. I realize that seething blog rants that say "are side is better!" are not a productive way to convince opponents that a government insurance program is the better option.
So here is my attempt to engage and convince President Bush. Mr. Bush, if children from the lower middle class are not provided with insurance through our tax dollars, and therefore do not stay/remain/become healthy, then who will be left to fight this [stupid, delusional] war? Kids from the middle class and upper class are going to college or getting jobs. They have no interest in going to war. Why are you shitting on your biggest recruiting group? You don't want them to have insurance when they're young, and you want them to compete with rats for health care when they come home from war?
Forget it. There may be no use trying to be reasonable with the President on this one.