President needs to stand firm in face of dishonest media

Editor:

In order to fund the war, maybe the president should take a page from the liberal play book. He should call it the "Military Appropriations Act for the Protection of American Children." How could anyone vote against that?

If he did, would E.J. Dionne, syndicated columnist, back the bill or would he find it disingenuous?

Naturally, he would protest the unfairness of such an association. Yet he is intellectually dishonest in his criticism of the promised veto of the SCHIP bill. He knows that the intent of the insurance program to help poor children has been bastardized by the liberals.

The president isn't against the program as it was originally intended but against turning it into a socialized medical umbrella plan reaching far into the middle class and covering adults as well. He wants to continue covering poor children by increasing and extending the funding. The liberals want to extend the coverage to families with two children earning up to $84,000 a year. These are not our poor. They also want the bill to cover adults in their 20s. Some states have used the program to cover adults while still having uninsured children that are not signed up.

While preaching the plight of 43 million uninsured people, the liberals and their willing accomplices, the liberal media, fail to explain that 15-20 million of those uninsured are here illegally. Millions more are young adults willing to risk going without insurance in order to live in nicer housing, drive a newer car, etc. Other millions are simply between jobs that have medical plans and will soon be employed again.

Of course, there are some that insurance companies won't take because of pre-existing conditions, some that are chronically unemployed, mentally ill homeless.

There will always be the isolated cases of people failing to get medical care for some reason. But America is not a country to let even irresponsible people die on the streets. We have made it illegal for hospital emergency rooms to turn away the uninsured, we provide multiple levels of funding for children and low-income families. You would not know this if you listen to the liberals. America should understand that there is no free lunch. If we opt for socialized medicine we will destroy the finest medical care system in the world. Why should we settle for a system where, in order to cover everyone, everyone receives sub-par care. Medical care for profit ensures having the best research, the best doctors, the best equipment, the best facilities. We can take care of the poor and still have the best.

Hopefully the president will stand fast even knowing the penalty the dishonest media will levy against his party.

Jim Barber

Camp Verde

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