Thursday, August 02, 2007

Jim Marshall joins Georgia Republicans, votes against healthy children.

Jim Marshall tells his constituents to look elsewhere for a reason to vote to re-elect him, because healthy children ain't it - at least not yet:

Months after Georgia ran short of money for PeachCare children's health insurance, Republicans in the state's congressional delegation are opposing efforts to expand its parent program in Washington.

Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson said Thursday they will vote against legislation to increase federal spending for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, which is aimed at children of the working poor. The Senate measure, which appears to have broad bipartisan support and has won praise from nearly all the nation's governors, could come up for a vote Thursday.

In the House, all seven of the state's Republican members voted Wednesday night against a broader expansion that drew nearly unanimous GOP opposition. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon, was the lone Georgia Democrat to join them.

And it gets better:

Marshall - who was one of just 10 Democrats to vote against the bill - said through a spokesman that he supports the expansion but had concerns with parts of the House bill, particularly language giving states more flexibility in documenting the citizenship of applicants. Marshall hopes to support the final package after the House and Senate versions are combined in conference, his spokesman said.

So, he'll vote for the final bill, but wanted to use this vote to pander to nativists. Bravo, Jim. Hope that political hopscotch works as well for you in hell.

Elsewhere, Junior Senator Johnny and Senior Senator Saxby, who have either married or fused into a sort of Senatorial Voltron, so often are their views referenced without any distinction between the two, claim that "There's not a person on the Senate floor who isn't for children's health insurance," even as they vote against . . . children's health insurance.

The delusional duo believe that this bill is too generous with sick children. I have no idea how this is possible - maybe there's a provision that allows the children to watch Blue's Clues throughout their hospital stay, or promises ice cream following tonsillectomy, or something - but in any case, I doubt anyone could look at the state of health care in this country and claim that it is "too generous" with anyone, let alone sick children.