I watched President Bushâ€™s news conference recently where he discussed the Childrenâ€™s Health Care Fund bill then before Congress and which he subsequently vetoed. I also watched portions of the networksâ€™ Evening News reports and the ongoing CNN reporting on the subject, as well as noting the presidentâ€™s remarks at his news conference and several comments and remarks he made later.
Nothing I heard or read by the networks and newspapers and the AP even resembled what the president said. Mr. Bush went to great lengths to explain his opposition to the revised bill before Congress. The President has long been a supporter of childrenâ€™s health and has supported these bills in the past. He wanted to continue to do that.
I should remind readers this bill is for the children of families who do not have, nor can afford, health insurance for their children. In other words, children of poorer families, or for families otherwise afflicted and cannot provide health insurance for their children. The democratic congress wanted to raise the ceiling income for those families to over $83,000 per year as funding guidelines. And they did raise the income ceiling to that level. Thatâ€™s poor or unfortunate family income? I say thatâ€™s middle income for a family of four. Ample to protect your childrenâ€™s health.
The President laid out those figures in great detail. He also gave members of the press at his press conference his take on the current bill, and why he felt the Congress and a few liberal politicians were playing politics with the welfare of unfortunate children and their families. He obviously was a supporter of the bill. Nothing the President said was reported correctly in the media. In fact, what was reported did not at all resemble the presidentâ€™s remarks at the news conference, and were simply bald-faced lies.
This is just one instance of many in recent years that the mass media and the liberal democratic party have collaborated to misinform the American public. It was the final straw for me. This slow killing of the constitution and our principles of democracy simply must stop.