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Our Future isn't in Iraq -- It's Here

This week's Democratic radio address is a response to President Bush's threatened veto of the bi-partisan, widely supported S-CHIP Children's Health Care legislation recently passed by both the House and Senate.

Graeme Frost

Hi, my name is Graeme Frost. I'm 12 years old and I live in Baltimore, Maryland. Most kids my age probably havent heard of CHIP, the Childrens Health Insurance Program. But I know all about it, because if it weren't for CHIP, I might not be here today.

CHIP is a law the government made to help families like mine afford healthcare for their kids. Three years ago, my family was in a really bad car accident. My younger sister Gemma and I were both hurt. I was in a coma for a week and couldn't eat or stand up or even talk at first. My sister was even worse.

I was in the hospital for five-and-a-half months and I needed a big surgery. For a long time after that, I had to go to physical therapy after school to get stronger. But even though I was hurt badly, I was really lucky. My sister and I both were.

My parents work really hard and always make sure my sister and I have everything we need, but the hospital bills were huge. We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the CHIP program. But there are millions of kids out there who don't have CHIP, and they wouldn't get the care that my sister and I did if they got hurt. Their parents might have to sell their cars or their houses, or they might not be able to pay for hospital bills at all.

Now I'm back to school. One of my vocal chords is paralyzed so I don't talk the same way I used to. And I can't walk or run as fast as I did. The doctors say I can't play football any more, but I might still be able to be a coach. I'm just happy to be back with my friends.

I don't know why President Bush wants to stop kids who really need help from getting CHIP. All I know is I have some really good doctors. They took great care of me when I was sick, and I'm glad I could see them because of the Childrens Health Program.

I just hope the President will listen to my story and help other kids to be as lucky as me. This Graeme Frost, and this has been the Weekly Democratic Radio address.

Thanks for listening.

Congressional Democrats and some Republicans voted this week to add 4 million children to the popular program at an additional cost of $35 billion.

President Bush has promised to veto the legislation. Bush, who has proposed a $5 billion increase, says the larger package would expand the program beyond its original intent.

Asked what he would tell Bush if given the chance, Graeme said today that he would urge him to sign the bill.

"I'm guessing he wants this money for Iraq," he said. "Our future isn't in Iraq. It's here."

Bush's veto of this legislation is absolutely senseless -- as many prominent Republicans agree. California Gov. Arnold Swarzenegger, who campaigned in behalf of President Bush in 2004, is puzzled by Bush's willingness to leave America's poor children without health insurance.

"We all sit there and say 'Where did that come from?' " Schwarzenegger said. "You can't go wipe out the deficit on the backs of children."

The Republican administration is threatening to do exactly that with this veto -- and we've all learned what when it comes to helping the rich or screwing the poor in this country, Republicans always live up to their threats.


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Comments (5)

Allen:

Lee,

By raising the tax on cigarettes, some people will quit smoking. Which is great. However, by having people quit, there is this problem of less tax revenue. How is the difference going to be made up? By raising taxes on everyone else, right.

I feel sorry for the kids, but why should my taxes be raised (to make up the difference) when the kids parents should be providing for them. I am not those's kids provider, nor do I want to be.

Lee Ward:

"How is the difference going to be made up?"

By raising the cigarette tax again. And yes, more people will quit, and it will have to be raised again.

"I am not those's kids provider, nor do I want to be"

Then you'll have to quit paying income tax, property tax, and sales tax -- because all of those taxes go to support programs that provide benefits for kids.

Xennady:

So the Eeeeevil Republicans are going to go back in time to abolish S-CHIP so this kid will did die DIE!!! Bullsyit. As usual you leftists are lying about the actual situation and relying on the media to obscure the truth. A family with an income of 80k a year- who would be eligible for S-CHIP under the Dem. proposal- should be able to get their own health insurance. And if they can't, they can show up at the emergency room like illegal aliens and get treated anyway.

Allen:

By raising the cigarette tax again and again, when do you think the cigarette company's will finally step in and start yelling about loss of profit?

One of the problems the lefty's have is that they do not understand that the average American is being overtaxed to help some lazy person have the same life style that hardworking people have achieved by hard work.

I have no problem helping someone who is trying to help themselves, as one time or another, we may also need a helping hand. But generation and generation of lazy people (welfare) getting on the public dole is too damn much.

So please explain to me why I should have to pay for lazy people? Property taxes are used for schools, roads, police and fire dept's, not for health insurance.

Lee Ward:

Allen: "By raising the cigarette tax again and again, when do you think the cigarette company's will finally step in and start yelling about loss of profit?"

Protecting the profits of the tobacco company merchants of death is a Republican value I don't share.

The rest of your diatribe about taxes is more general - as I said earlier -- that one of the things that happens when we pay our taxes, the goverment we elect spends them as they see fit. Don't like it? Elect new leaders, but don't whine at me, I'm not in a position to explain it or defend it.

THIS particular legislation has broad bipartisan support. Bush is trying to draw a line in the sand... and he's using a sword... and is drawing that line on the backs of poor children.

Xennady: "So the Eeeeevil Republicans are going to go back in time to abolish S-CHIP so this kid will did die DIE!!! Bullsyit"

Uhm, yeah... that's it.


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