Apparently, Bush pulled a fast one on Congress in attempt to go around their vote to expand SCHIP:
The Bush administration, continuing its fight to stop states from expanding the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, has adopted new standards that would make it much more difficult for New York, California and others to extend coverage to children in middle-income families.
Administration officials outlined the new standards in a letter sent to state health officials on Friday evening, in the middle of a month-long Congressional recess. In interviews, they said the changes were aimed at returning the Children’s Health Insurance Program to its original focus on low-income children and to make sure the program did not become a substitute for private health coverage.
The “Decider” has stooped to an all level of LOW on this, indicating that although even “18 Republican Senators,” supported the new bill from Congress, he was not going to let that stop him from depriving needy children of healthcare. Why does Bush hate America’s children?
The N.Y. Times reports that “The Children’s Health Insurance Program has strong support from governors of both parties, including Republicans like Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Sonny Perdue of Georgia.”
Kudos to those politicians on the other side of the aisle who get that America’s children are America’s future. And for Bush, well, he’s just a washed up lame duck playing the “Decider” with the lives of our children. For that (and so much more) he’ll go down in history as one of America’s worst presidents.