George W. Bush’s Health Care Plan

“People have access to health care in America. After all, just go to an emergency room.” — President Bush

That’s what Bush said (as an aside) at a recent event where he discussed why he is going to veto a funding boost for the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP).

Basically he said the “federalization of health care” is evil and that he’ll man the ramparts to defend against any expansion of government health care.

His alternative? Tax deductions! then everyone can buy their own health care!

Brilliant! The average worker, the
grocery-bagger who needs chemotherapy will be so glad to get back his $10 in taxes!

Giuliani also plugged this approach in the recent Iowa debate. Like most conservative proposals it may help rich donors, but not most of the population.

Video of Bush’s remarks on health care (8 minutes, if you can stomach it).