Re-Thinking The S-Chip Veto

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the S-CHIP program, and President Bush’s veto of it, and I think it’s time I admitted I was wrong. We should expand the program to cover more children. Especially children who fall into certain categories:

1) Children of parents who own a home worth roughly half a million dollars.

2) Children of parents that own their own company that owns its own building and rents out space, but doesn’t provide insurance.

3) Children who attend $20,000/year private schools.

4) Children whose parent works in a health-care publishing company that doesn’t offer insurance.

5) Children whose parents are too cheap and/or stupid to include medical coverage with their auto insurance for crashes.

6) Children whose parents can afford to extensively remodel their kitchens.

7) Children whose parents who don’t bother to shop around for insurance rates, but apparently look at one plan and decide they’re all too expensive.

And pay for it, we need to tax a vice that we’re already trying to stomp out, and will hit the poor and disabled far more than any other demographic.

This is absolutely unbelievable. The Democrats actually put this family in the spotlight, and either didn’t do any sort of background check or thought no one else would?

I dunno if I should attribute this to stupidity or malice, but I’m leaning towards stupidity. Hell, they can’t even get their story straight — some accounts say Harry Reid’s staff found the family and wrote the boy’s speech for him; others say Nancy Pelosi found the family through an advocacy group that is pushing for the S-CHIP expansion.

It looks like another case of “the story was too good to check,” much like Dan Rather and the Texas Air National Guard forged memos. And “fake, but accurate.”

When will the media learn that it’s the stories that confirm your biases and prejudices and opinions that need the MOST fact-checking?

Oh, I forgot. “It’s for the children!” Just say those four magic words, and logic and reason and common sense no longer apply.

(My colleague Kim Priestap did a great roundup of this heretofore-unreported aspect of this story, complete with links to others’ coverage, yesterday.)

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