Congressman Bartlett Can Sleep Easy
The barking moonbat demographic has been threatening dire consequences on Republicans who voted against the egregious version of the SCHIP bill that passed the Congress. Maryland produced one sane vote on the issue, that of Maryland Six’s Representative Roscoe Bartlett.
While the left was lambasting Republicans for being out of touch it seems like America was scratching it’s collective head and wondering why someone who earns over $20/hour or more should receive government subsidized health insurance.
From the USA Today/Gallup poll on the subject:
52% agree with Bush that most benefits should go to children in families earning less than 200% of the federal poverty level — about $41,000 for a family of four. Only 40% say benefits should go to families earning up to $62,000, as the bill written by Democrats and some Republicans would allow.
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55% are very or somewhat concerned that the program would create an incentive for families to drop private insurance. Bush and Republican opponents have called that a step toward government-run health care.
I’m not a big believer in using polls to set policy but unfortunately most members of Congress are. So it is refreshing to see common sense cutting through the disinguous fog sent up by the Democrats on this issue.
One wonders, though, if this would have been possible had the Democrats not chosen the worst possible example for their bill.