Republican Leader McConnell puts kids first

The leader of the Republicans in the United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky, is to be commended for doing what he can do stop the socialization of medicine in the United States of America. Today, he introduced the Kids First Act, which also has as its original co-sponsors: Senators Jim DeMint (S.C.), Robert Bennett (UT) and John Barrasso (WY.) Senator McConnell said on the Senate floor today that the Kids First Act -- an alternative to the hugely expensive Democrat bill, which is an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) -- puts low income children first.

Regarding the Democrats' SCHIP bill, Senator McConnell said: "It's grossly unfair that a family in Kentucky making $40,000 must pay for the health insurance of a family making double that -- especially if the Kentuckian can't afford it for his own family." He said that: "I support the State Children's Health Insurance Program. I voted to create the program and believe we need to responsibly reauthorize it. In its original form, the State Children's Health Insurance Program was meant to provide insurance to children from families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance."

There is actually a loophole in the Democrat bill to allow families making $80,000 in New York to be eligible for this low income program for children. Senator McConnell explains that the original legislation establishing SCHIP was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by a Democrat president. Indeed, in the U.S. Senate, 85 Senators voted for it including 43 Republicans.

Republican Leader McConnell said: "Two of my colleagues, Senators Grassley and Hatch, reached across the aisle to craft a bipartisan compromise in the last Congress. Unfortunately, our Democratic colleagues have gone back on many of the prior agreements that were reached in creating that bill, making this issue more contentious than it ought to be and setting a very troubling precedent for future discussions on health care reform."

There are many Americans of liberal persuasion who would be very happy to have a Canadian-style and European-style socialized medicine system set up in America. And they see this huge expansion of SCHIP in the Democrat bill as a vehicle leading to socialized medicine. However, that will only limit medical services to all Americans and will lead to the rationing of health care.

Americans, in general, are very happy with the health care they receive in America, the best in the world. That is why Canadians sneak down to America to receive health care they cannot receive in Canada's socialized system and why the Saudi princes fly their private jets to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to get the best health care in the world.

It would behoove Senators to slow down this train to socialized medicine and adopt the Kids First Act sponsored by Senators McConnell, DeMint, Bennett and Barrasso. On the Senate floor today, Senator McConnell said this about their legislation: "The Kids First Act truly puts kids first, eliminating nearly all adults from this program designed for children so that more children can be covered. Finally, by responsibly allocating scare resources, our bill increases funding for SCHIP without raising new taxes. We believe Republicans have a better alternative, which I now send to the desk.

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