There are things happening in the Bush Administration, somewhat under the radar, that could have a serious long-term impact on millions, and I’m NOT talking about the war in Iraq.
Here are a few things that popped out at me on just a casual scan of the papers yesterday and a quick visit to on political blog:
1. Office of Women’s Health. Several million dollars a year are allocated in the budget for this federal office for research on how common medications physically impact women differently than men. That’s certainly not a lot of money in federal budget terms, but there is serious doubt whether any of that money will be used for that purpose this year. Seems the office has already spent a good chunk of that money on other things and claim to need the rest for salaries, which would effectively mean there is no money for research. Some observers are saying this is intended payback for the Office’s position on Plan B.
2. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIPS). Bush’s people told the nation’s governors this week at their annual conference that there will be no more money allocated for CHIPS, the federally subsidized state program that provides health insurance for children whose families are too poor to have health insurance, but not poor enough for Medicaid.
One official said that about six million poor children have no “entitlement” to coverage under the program.
As my math-crazy first-grader would say, “I think I see a patterin.”
Programs that mostly impact children and families are getting an even shorter end of the stick through reduced funding than usual — funding that those programs might never get back, even if a Democrat takes back the White House in 2008.
Aren’t these few examples reason enough to start rallying the Get Out the Vote people?