S-CHIP of fools

Stole the headline from the NYPost. Anyway, I’ve been covering the battle over expanded health care entitlements over at home base.

Here’s part of my column today that the left will have absolutely nothing to say about:

Graeme and Gemma Frost are not the first political symbols to be exploited by the socialized health care pushers of the Left:

In 1996, Hillary Clinton propped up young Jennifer Bush, a seven-year-old with mystery ailments whose mother coached her to lobby for universal health care Jennifer was trotted out to present the Clintons a lucky silver dollar “to bring you good luck so everyone can have good insurance.” Jennifer’s mother was later convicted of aggravated child abuse and welfare fraud for misrepresenting $60,000 in assets on Medicaid forms.

In 2000, Al Gore propped up elderly widow Winifred Skinner to lambaste high drug prices. Gore repeated her claim that she had to pick up cans on the side of the road to pay for medicine. Dan Rather bemoaned: “She’s no child, but she belongs on a poster about high drug costs.” One problem: Winifred’s own well-to-do son, businessman Earl King, debunked those claims.

In 2004, John Kerry propped up Mary Ann Knowles, a breast cancer patient who he claimed “had to keep working day after day right through her chemotherapy, no matter how sick she felt, because she was terrified of losing her family’s health insurance?” The conservative Manchester Union Leader editorial page reported: “Knowles chose to work through most, but not all, of her chemotherapy because her husband was out of a job…She and husband John did not want to take the pay cut that would have come with disability leave, so Mary Ann kept working.”

The Democrats sorely resent that they can no longer peddle their Big Nanny propaganda unchallenged. Harry Reid is already throwing tantrums and attacking the messengers who expose their health-care poster child abuse.

Here’s a free prescription for our stunted politicians: Grow up.

John Hawkins proposes a cure for Democrat poster child abuse:

You want to know how to put an end to the Democrats using these pathetic figures to pitch their plans? The GOP needs to start going the same thing. Send an orphaned nine year old girl in a wheelchair out to promote the Fair Tax and then accuse Democrats of hating children and the handicapped if they oppose switching over to a fair tax.

Then, we get a mother whose child died in a tragic accident to promote bombing Iran to stop their nuclear weapons program and accuse the Democrats of hating motherhood and children if they complain.

Of course, the liberals in the media, after being hit with the same tactics they’ve used so often, would start savaging these people and talking about what a ridiculous tactic it was to send out little girls in wheelchairs and mothers of cancer victims to promote political issues, and then the GOP could use their own words the next time the Dems trotted out one of these pathetic spokesmen.

Then that would be the end of that.