New SCHIP Video: Bethany's Story

(h/t BillW)
As the Right Wing's War on Children's Health Care continues to blow up in their faces, the pressure on Congress to override President Bush's veto on SCHIP becomes more intense. In this video we meet Bethany Wilkerson, who is alive today only because of the SCHIP program. After the brutal attacks on the Frost family, the Wilkersons are ready for what will likely be in store for them from the right-wing hate machine.

"We rent a house, we have one car that is a junker. Let them dig away," Bo Wilkerson said. "I have $67 in my checking account. Does that answer your question?"

UPDATE: (Nicole) And as predictable as ever, here comes the smearers. At least unwilling to be so low and disgusting as to go after a sick child, Mark Hemingway at the NRO called Bethany's parents "the real poster children -- for irresponsible decisions."

On the conference call, Dara admitted to me that she and Brian had been talking about having children since before they were married. She further admitted that after they were married she voluntarily left a job at a country club that had good health insurance, because the situation was "unmanageable." From there she took a job at a restaurant with no health insurance, and the couple went on to have a baby anyway, presuming that others would pay for it and certainly long before they knew their daughter would have heart defect that probably cost the gross national product of Burkina Faso to fix. But not knowing about future health problems is the reason we have insurance in the first place.


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