Compassionate conservatism -- UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Compassionate conservatism -- UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2007 at 5:31 AM

Here's an issue ready-made for Mike Huckabee. He could blast President Bush for standing in the way of state expansion of the child health insurance program. Arkansas has been a pioneer in this effort and wants to make the coverage available to children of families with income above the poverty level. That won't do for Bush. Either you can afford to pay a private company for insurance or you just don't deserve it.

UPDATE: Gene Sperling, who was an adviser to Bill Clinton, chews Bush up on this story (curiously lacking from D-G though it has prominent play just about everywhere else and has a direct Arkansas connection.)

What is most inexcusable about the White House stance is what they don't say. They offer nothing -- no better idea, no alternative, no plan -- that has been shown to keep even a chunk of these 5 million to 6 million children from going to sleep every night without health insurance.

They are content to keep the status quo even with heartbreaking reports that uninsured infants with congenital heart problems are 10 times more likely to die because of delayed treatment than those with coverage.

Before, "compassionate conservatism" may have seemed like a political bumper sticker. Now it seems like the punch line of a sad joke, at the expense of millions of impoverished children.

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