Thanks to the vast knowledge and keen insight of Eileen Bruno, compassionate conservative of Rogers, we now know why 41,000 Arkansas children don't deserve health care coverage under the state's ARKids First program. Too bad her letter to the editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette wasn't published yesterday so George Bush and John Boozman could have cited it in support of the veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
"Health care has become a political issue," says Bruno. "Do we ever look at the reasons so many are without? There are alcoholics, smokers, druggies and AIDS victims. Most of [their illnesses ] are the result of lifestyle. We have so many children without insurance. Some are victims of the household’s money going for their [parents’ ] pleasures. Look at the yards filled with all kinds of must-have toys, many junk and falling apart." There you have it. Arkansas families don't have health care coverage for their children because they are smoking, drinking, and buying toys.
Bruno then wanders off into some less coherent haze by quoting the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times about how Canada, Spain, Great Britain, France, Germany and Japan are socialist countries and how we could cut health care spending to fully fund the war department's budget.
Anyway, you can see why President Bush choose to come to Benton County where he would have a receptive audience for his equally compassionate speech yesterday.