Time.com reports in Bush to Veto Kids’ Health Care:
A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a proposal Friday that would add $35 billion over five years to the program, adding 4 million people to the 6.6 million already participating. It would be financed by raising the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents to $1 per pack.
The idea is overwhelmingly supported by Congress’ majority Democrats, who scheduled it for a vote Tuesday in the House. It has substantial Republican support as well.
But Bush has promised a veto, saying the measure is too costly, unacceptably raises taxes, extends government-covered insurance to children in families who can afford private coverage, and smacks of a move toward completely federalized health care. He has asked Congress to pass a simple extension of the current program while debate continues, saying it’s children who will suffer if they do not.
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to most of us. After all, Bush and his Republican minions have opposed a minimum wage adjustment for years. This clearly isn’t a party that’s concerned about the well-being of the common person.
Too costly? The sad fact about this is that, compared to the price of attacking Iraq, it’s a drop in the bucket. We’re spending billions of dollars every month on that disaster. And, the bill provides a method of funding itself that I would hope no one would oppose. Still, it’s a sign of the times, and it’s likely that this one will be swept under the rug along with all of the other atrocities we have come to expect from our government.
Update: If you’d like to fight back, sign the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Children’s Health Care Petition.