For the third time since May, and the fourth time in his presidency, President Bush vetoed a bill on Wednesday.
According to USAToday, the bill, which Congress passed, would have added $35 billion over five years to allow an additional 4 million children into the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The program is a joint state-federal effort that subsidizes health coverage for 6.6 million people, mostly children, from families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford their own private coverage.
Everyone knows that America’s healthcare system is flawed, in the sense that many citizens cannot afford health insurance.
He claims that the bill requires too much funding. The bill’s expenses are very minute in comparison to some of Bush’s other frivolous spending.
Which is more important, the health of the nation’s children or a war? Wasn’t the initial reason for the war to fight against terrorism? Bush should be behind protecting children against the tyranny that they face because their parents cannot afford health care insurance.
Bush is selfish, and he is only thinking about his personal interests, not the interests of young Americans.
Is he even concerned about the next Republican presidential candidate? Not passing this bill will hurt the Republican Party when election time comes along.
We are sure Bush’s children had health coverage growing up, why does he not care to extend this must-have to all American children by ensuring they get health coverage?
Once again, Bush has showed us that he doesn’t have the American people’s true interest at heart.
Siraaj Sabree for the Editorial Board.