Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com
The competition for Worst GOP Arizona Legislator Ever is stiff these days, given Rep. David Gowan’s not-smart snit toward reporters having the temerity to *gasp* report on things he’s doing. That’s pretty bad but, purely on the basis of shocking callousness, I’m going to have to go with Senate President Andy Biggs (pictured), who is currently running for Congress, while refusing to consider a bill that would provide health care to 30,000 Arizona children from low income families.
EJ Montini finds it to be pretty appalling:
Since the beginning of the legislative session Senate President Andy Biggs — who won a $10 million Publishers Clearing House prize a few years back – has refused to give Arizona’s hard-luck poor kids the health care they deserve.
Biggs has not allowed the senate to vote on a proposal to restore health insurance coverage to children in low-income families.
Back in 1998 then-Gov. Jan Hull signed the KidsCare program into law. The money comes from the federal government. The legislature took Arizona out of the program in 2010.
Now Arizona has one of the highest rates of uninsured children in the country.
The idea behind House Bill 2309 is to restore that funding to Arizona’s version of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
There are at least 30,000 good reasons to do to.
“I don’t support KidsCare,” said Biggs.
Wow, Biggs sure seems nice.
They say you should never read the comments, and that’s probably a good idea for your overall mental tranquility, but sometimes commenters (who are real people, sitting at their computers and typing their real thoughts into them) provide a useful glimpse into how certain people think. By which, I mean right wingers.
Here’s commenter “Luis Diehard Flores”, who poses in his profile picture with his wife and small children:
If democrats really cared about children they wouldnt be the biggest proponents of abortion.
Those of us who have paid careful attention to anti-choicers know that they are mainly driven by the desire to punish women for sex. But they’ve been given a free ride in the court of public opinion to pretend that it’s about “saving babies”, which enables them to cloak themselves in fake altruism as they cruelly oppose any help to poor people. They’re “pro-life”, which means exactly nothing having to do struggling people having decent lives and everything to do with making them as miserable as possible.