Friday, September 21, 2007

Orrin Hatch a closet DFH?

By Libby

From a piece on the upcoming SCHIP bill on insuring uninsured children, which Bush is threatening to veto, comes the quote of the day.
Asked whether he would vote to override a veto, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), a staunch conservative, said, "You bet your sweet bippy I will."

I haven't heard that expression since Laugh In went off the air and there wasn't a bigger bunch of dirtier f'ing hippies on the TV than that crew back in the day. Hatch even contradicts his supreme commander on the particulars.
Hatch, who helped negotiate the compromise, said it is flatly untrue that the bill would cover children in households with incomes of as much as $83,000. A recent Urban Institute analysis found that 70 percent of the children who would gain or retain coverage under the Senate bill, which resembles the compromise, are in households with incomes below twice the poverty level, or $41,300 for a family of four.

Forty thou doesn't go that far these days. Certainly not far enough to cover insurance premiums for a family of four and still afford to eat and put gas in the car. It would be good to see a bi-partisan standoff with his Imperial Highness on this one.

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