SCHIP Gets Flushed

by Ryan on October 18, 2007

in Election 2008,Politics

Not exactly.  It’s still an exisiting government program that’s designed to help extend the scope of socialized health care and all that, but the really poor Democrat bill that President Bush vetoed went down today 273-156, or about 14 votes shy of an override.  So ends this phase of the Democrat’s demagoguery of a bad, irresponsible bill that offered health care to both people who could afford it anyway and to people who already have private insurance.  No Republicans changed their votes for the override– a good sign, but still too many Republicans did not stand on principle here.  One must admit that the Democrats came out better from this round in the realm of public relations, but they still lost the override vote.  Yet, the issue remains in the news for a few more weeks.

However, some news was made when Democrat and California Representative Pete Stark went stark-raving over the issue and made a personal attack on President Bush when he said:

“Where are you [President Bush] going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old, enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.”

Stark was given a “general reminder” not to make a personal attack according to House rules, but the Republicans were not happy about the gentle response to a blatant political hack-job.  Republican Kevin Brady of Texas responded:

“It is despicable to have a member of this Congress accuse the president, any president, of willfully blowing the heads, quote, ‘blowing the heads off’ our young men and women over in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It is dead wrong, and it is beneath contempt as well that we will sit here silently and allow such a remark to be tolerated, accepted, if not embraced.”

So we can’t both fund Iraq and SCHIP?  Yet, some of the Democrats running for President propose national health care, free money for babies, and matching 401K cash while leaving the troops there through 2013.  Hmm.  The Democrats could have just sat back and had the Republicans take the flack for not caring about “America’s children”, but no, they had to bring up Iraq and give the Republicans an opening to slap them back.  Both sides are playing bad politics on this one in my opinion:  the Dems just can’t side with the troops (even when the bill has no real connection to them), and the Republicans simply can’t get their message out in a clear way.

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