White House Blocking Healthcare For Katrina Survivors

The DeLay indictment is understandably the story of the day. However, DeLay isn't the only corrupt Republican (criminally and/or morally) in Washington. Take, for example, the White House and their allies in the Senate. Their pressing concern right now with the Katrina recovery isn't so much making sure that people are being taken care of, but rather than they're not accidentally taking care of too many people.

With Gulf Coast governors pressing for action, Senate Finance Committee members complained Wednesday that the Bush administration is blocking a bipartisan $9 billion health care package for hundreds of thousands of evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the committee, said four or five senators have been blocking action on the bill after the Bush administration raised objections to provisions that would extend Medicaid coverage to thousands upon thousands of adults who otherwise would be uninsured, including those whose applications have been rejected in Louisiana.

One of the defenses I've heard of the no bid contracts for Gulf Coast rebuilding is that there isn't enough time to seriously review the specifics of individual proposals and that the work has to get done as soon as possible. If that's true, why not also temporarily open up Medicaid to those affected by Katrina? God forbid someone should get healthcare when they don't really qualify for it.

What I really want to know is the names of the GOP Senators complicit in blocking this healthcare bill.

Update: From Otto in the comments, the five Republican Senators are John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Sununu, Tom Coburn, and Jim DeMint. Bob Novak sings their praises in a new column, writing that they were standing up "against such raids on the Treasury" as this post-Katrina emergency Medicaid spending.

Somebody please spare me the indignation, especially coming from Novak. If you really want to talk about "raids on the treasury," look no further than the Bush tax cuts. Since they went into effect, the tax cuts for the richest 5% have cost nearly $326 billion. So much for McCain and Co.'s vision of fiscal responsibility.

Tags: John McCain, Republicans (all tags)

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No-bid Contracts
It's a scam.  Just as in Iraq, there will be no real "reconstruction" in New Orleans.  These sycophant corporations like Halliburton, Bechtel, Carlyle, etc. are nothing more than front companies for the mother of all money laundering schemes - The looting of the U.S. treasury.  Bush was already reelected.  These guys know that their time is limited and they are going to take the money and run.
by steve expat 2005-09-28 03:47PM | 0 recs
To answer your last question...
In his most recent column, Bob Novak named the assholes responsible for blocking this bill:

John Ensign R-NV
John McCain R-AZ
John Sununu R-NH
Tom Coburn  R-OK
Lindsey Graham R-SC
Jim DeMint R-SC

by Otto 2005-09-28 05:32PM | 0 recs
Re: To answer your last question...
  1. Think McCain is trying to move to the right for a Presidential run or what.

  2. Can we freaking find someone to run against Ensign.  The biggest joke is that out of all of the endangered senators out there, he could have been at the top of the list.

  3. Wow, is DeMint crazy or what.  A true socially conservative cold-blooded man.

  4. Graham is moving back to the right again.  He's scared.

  5. When is Sununu's seat up?  2008?  We have to take him out.  
by Eric11 2005-09-28 06:16PM | 0 recs
Re: To answer your last question...
None of the 6 are among the 20 senators on the finance committee.  If it is this easy to block spending, why don't Democrats do it??  This sounds nuts to me.
by David Kowalski 2005-09-28 06:36PM | 0 recs
Re: To answer your last question...
This was blocked on the Senate floor, not in the finance committee. They were trying to pass this thing by unanimous consent (meaning they would not have to deal with the committee process or any debate).

ALOT of legislation passes the Senate by unanimous consent. Most of this legislation is not controversial, but even some notable bills pass using unanimous consent. For example, the Shiavo bill could have been stopped had only one Senator objected.

If one Senator wanted to grind the whole body to a halt, he could do it simply by objecting to every unanimous consent request.

by Otto 2005-09-28 06:52PM | 0 recs
Republican Values in time of Emergency
Suspend Davis Beacon Act- Check
Suspend Pollution Emission laws - Check
Provide vouchers to private schools - Check
Health care to victims who are poor - Nope
by KBowe 2005-09-29 07:22AM | 0 recs

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