Bill O'Reilly Calls Parents Of Uninsured Kids "lazy or stupid"
Reported by Deborah - October 18, 2007 -
Last night, 10/17, Bill O'Reilly finally got around to talking about the SCHIP controversy with. Bernadette Healy, on The Factor. After showing a clip of Paul Simone asking Republican supporters of the Bush veto SCHIP Bill, O'Reilly and Healy managed to shift blame and focus from Bush and Republicans to the parents of the kids eligible for SCHIP coverage.
O'Reilly called it a confusing issue and then tried to make it simple for his audience. He stated that Democrats want free medical coverage for everyone and Republicans don't want socialized medicine. He repeated the the Republican talking point that the vetoed bill would have given insurance to families earning $83,000 a year. Healy corrected him saying the cap was about $62,000 a year for a family of four, 300% of poverty level.
Healy then artfully shifted the discussion away from the Republican support of the veto telling BOR that a significant amount of children are eligible but don't get the coverage because their parents don't sign them up.
O'Reilly said the parents are " lazy or stupid" asking " Is it the governments job to go to their homes?" Healy chimed in with " It's like parents not having their children vaccinated." Then O'Reilly confirmed Healy's claim that most children could get insurance if they wanted it.
Graeme Frost got a brief mention with O'Reilly saying it was a shame that he was attacked by the blogs but he didn't mention Michelle Malkin or Rush Limbaugh as major attackers of 12 year old Frost. BOR also made sure to set the Frost family apart from the other recipients of SCHIP saying it was a catastrophic situation and the family really needed help.
comment: So O'Reilly and Healy managed to convey the message that the SCHIP program needed no expansion especially since so many of the parents of eligible kids aren't even using it. O'Reilly's heartless partisan display is unforgivable and clearly proves that he has no right to claim he is an advocate for children and his new book, " Kids are Americans too" is just a sad joke.