Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The Senate has been debating the SCHIP children's health insurance extension all week and is working its way through votes on amendments before being called for a final vote later today, barring any further obstructionism by Republican Senators like our own "Senator Obstruction," Jon Kyl:
Senate Republicans say expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) amounts to an attempt by congressional Democrats to socialize the nation’s health-care system.
“One could certainly conclude that,” Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), said in response to questions from CNSNews.com. “This is yet one more way to get people off of private coverage and onto government coverage so that little by little you eventually end up with a majority of people on government coverage.”
Kyle, the Senate Republican Whip and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, also promised action to contain Democratic expansions of SCHIP.
Call and e-mail Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain now to let them know that it is immoral to deny children necessary health care on the premise that a private insurance company might stand to make a profit off of them (if their parents still had a job and employer-sponsored health care in this economy, or could even afford the outrageous premiums and deductibles on their own).
Our senators would rather see children suffer and possibly die due to the lack of basic health care than ever allow the federal government to provide a service that the private insurance market is either unwilling or unable to provide at an affordable cost because it is not profitable for them to do so. Policy choices are moral choices. It is not "socialism," the favorite boogeyman of every wingnut demagogue like Sen. Kyl.