“like winning the lottery”

By Dogtown Commoner | Posted at 10:49 pm, October 3rd, 2007 | Topic: politics

There was a spot on the local news about Bush’s veto of the bill to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), which offers health insurance to children whose families who are not poor enough to qualify for medicaid, but who are not rich enough to afford private insurance. The TV story briefly profiled one child in the program, and his father said that getting his kid into S-CHIP was “like winning the lottery.” Similar sympathetic profiles of S-CHIP recipients must be showing on TV stations all over the country right now.

Regardless of the merits of the S-CHIP expansion bill Bush vetoed today, members of congress who voted against the bill must be watching these stories on the news around the country and shaking in their shoes with fear. I haven’t closely followed the political wrangling over this bill, but after seeing that spot on the news and imagining the plentiful supply of sympathetic families who can be shown on the news or used as props by politicians, I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of “no” votes become “yes” votes by the time the Democrats bring up the bill again to try to override Bush’s veto.