Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Rules May Limit Health Program Aiding Children

More "compassionate Conservatism" from Chimperator Bush. How this man thinks himself a Christian when his policies give to the rich and take form the less affluent baffles me. Granted, I think the guy is a moron, but even a rudimentary reading of the Gospels would suggest that his policies are not exactly what I suspect Jesus would have endorsed. Here are highlights from the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/21/washington/21health.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp):

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 intended to return 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.

After learning of the new policy, some state officials said yesterday that it could cripple their efforts to cover more children and would impose standards that could not be met. “We are horrified at the new federal policy,” said Ann Clemency Kohler, deputy commissioner of human services in New Jersey. “It will cause havoc with our program and could jeopardize coverage for thousands of children.”

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