Today the Richmond Times-Dispatch is singing his praises:
Healthy StartA responsible approach? What's missing in this responsible approach? How about some simple math? How about some logic? How about some history?
Gov. Tim Kaine is steadily building his legacy as a truly moderate Virginia Democrat. The latest example is his modest and sensible plan to start expanding health-care coverage to those who lack insurance. If he keeps his pledge not to raise taxes to pay for the proposal, it wins our solid support. In fact, the governor promises no tax increases at all in his 2008-10 budget -- and says he will pay for the $25-million health package by making cuts elsewhere. It's hard to think of a more responsible approach. (link)
$25,000,000 health package / 1,000,000 citizens without insurance = $25 per uninsured.
25 bucks? Kaine is going to solve the uninsured problem by offering each "victim" a bottle of Tylenol and a packet of Viagra?
Here's the other shoe that's in the process of dropping:
Anyone familiar with the scope and complexity of the health-coverage challenge recognizes that $25 million won't solve the problem in Virginia. But Kaine's proposal represents a good step in the right direction -- and one that won't break the bank if it doesn't meet expectations.This makes Kaine (the man who broke another pledge just last week; were the folks at the TD asleep when the man tossed this "promise" under the bus?) a moderate. He says he won't raise taxes. Haven't we been down this road before? Do the editorialists at the Times-Dispatch have that short a memory? Do they not read the newspapers?
"A good step in the right direction." A direction into which our neighbors to the southwest turned a few short years ago, and turned away from just as quickly.
If the Times-Dispatch chooses to accept the government's complete takeover of the finest health care system in the history of Planet Earth in "moderate" increments, with that government turning it over to the DMV for administration, let them.
Sane Virginians will have no part of it.