And the Award for Best Back-Flip of Chutzpah Goes To…

…George W. Bush, who preceded his veto of SCHIP by declaring October 1 Child Health Day. No, I’m not kidding.

Our Nation is committed to the health and well-being of our youth. On Child Health Day, we reaffirm our commitment to helping children develop good nutrition habits and active lifestyles, so that they can grow into healthy and productive adults.

Children today face many risks, such as alcohol and drug use, obesity, smoking, and other dangers. As parents and role models to America’s youth, we have a responsibility to teach them about the importance of healthy behavior, daily exercise, and good nutrition.

My Administration supports programs that give parents, mentors, and teachers the resources they need to help and encourage children to maintain an active and healthy way of life.

Yeah, except for programs that would help them get health insurance. Wanker.

via Melissa McEwan at Shakesville

7 Responses to “And the Award for Best Back-Flip of Chutzpah Goes To…”

  1. Del says:

    I think this pretty well proves the theory that we are all just part of a giant matrix in a computer being operated by George Orwell, as part of his afterlife experience.

  2. Del says:

    P.S. I suppose W imagines that if America’s children only had good nutrition habits and active lifestyles, they wouldn’t need “ary pills ‘n potions.” The Louisa May Alcott school of health care—except I think even Miss Alcott’s miracle cures usually involved fresh sea, or mountain, air.

  3. Thanks for the link, Kathy. :)

  4. Jennifer says:

    No child should be without health insurance. Period. The end. Got into an argument with a conservative friend today and, while I understand her arguments, the fact remains that children should not be made to suffer for their parents choices. And all squirrels should die.

  5. Larry says:

    I guess that is supposed to make up for all those millions of poor kids who will have no healthcare.

  6. Kathy says:

    What’s really pathetic is W thinks these kids do have health care. As he says, “I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room.” He’s quibbling over the extra $35 billion needed to expand SCHIP without even considering the tremendous cost of using the ER as primary caregiver, all of which is passed on to taxpayers in one form or another.

    And as Rachel Maddow pointed out on Hardball today, SCHIP has been one of the most successful government programs ever, and Republicans of the Bush stripe can’t have that. It would violate their most basic principal that government can’t work. Hard to drown it in the bathtub if it’s succeeding.

  7. Songbird says:

    Disgusting, just disgusting. When will this be over?

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