Monday, June 05, 2006

The Party of No Vision

So, what's Sonny's health care plan?

Taylor released his health proposal first, during a January news conference.

One aspect would provide basic health and dental coverage for children who now are uninsured. Modeled on a program in Illinois, Taylor's plan would provide coverage regardless of family income.

"Now is the time to provide health insurance to every child in Georgia, every single one of them, all of them - regardless of who they are, who their parents are, where they live or income," Taylor said during the announcement.

He estimates the plan will cost taxpayers $50 million to $100 million per year based on an estimated 75,000 children enrolled.

Critics say he's low-balling the price tag because even well-heeled families would be inclined to drop the insurance on their children if they can get a subsidized plan from the government.

Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson brought up that concern Friday.

"We already can't afford to take care of the people who need to be taken care of," said Johnson, a Republican from Savannah.

Taylor's response is that he's heard naysayers all of his career who fretted that the state couldn't afford to remove the sales tax on groceries or to lock up violent repeat offenders for life, the so-called two-strikes law. Those programs were instituted by making them a priority, Taylor says, and he'll simply put children's coverage at the front of the line for appropriations if he's elected.

Doesn't Georgia deserve a governor who puts its children first? Not according to Eric Johnson. He'd rather deprive children in need of care than risk providing care to children who might not need it. God forbid that children have more health care than they need!

But then, maybe Eric believes he's done enough for Georgia's children by banning same-sex marriage. Not sure how that ban better protects children than a yearly physical, or how it protects children at all. But I'm sure that it makes sense to Eric.