You already know the reason why. The word "children" is involved.
Can't argue against that ...
But while the DT is entitled to express its opinion on its opinion page, it is not entitled to misrepresent the facts. To wit:
No, Rockefeller isn't.
According to [Senator Jay] Rockefeller, about 90 percent of the kids currently enrolled in the S-CHIP program are in families making $41,300 or less a year. Rockefeller said these same families cannot afford private health insurance.
He said the president has been making incorrect claims about the S-CHIP program. For example, Rockefeller said Bush has alleged that the bill spends too much money, and that it will take kids out of private insurance and enroll them in a government-run health care program. Those allegations are “simply untrue,” according to Rockefeller. The S-CHIP program is one of the most cost-effective public-private health insurance programs ever created, he argues.
Rockefeller is correct.
That part about it taking "kids out of private insurance and enroll them in a government-run health care program" didn't originally come from President Bush. It came from an analysis done by Mr. Rockefeller's own Congressional Budget Office. USA TODAY reported it here. The Associated Press here. The Boston Globe here.
And if you folks at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph don't trust newspaper reporting, you can read the CBO report for yourselves. Focus on the column that reads: "Reduction in private coverage." Go to the line that reads: "Total proposed changes." See the 2.0 (as in millions).
If you want to see a snapshot version, look below (click on image to enlarge it).
So if you people at the DT want to just fax us a habitual liar's press releases, tag them as such. If, by the same token, you want to get the facts and make reasoned judgements from them, start opening your eyes. And your minds.
Report courtesy of the Congressional Budget Office.