It appears that the advocates of SCHIP expansion did a poor job of choosing their poster family. The Frosts got a profile in the Baltimore Sun and one of their children, Graeme, was trundled up to Congress to pull on America’s heart strings. But it It turns out that these folks are not what most people would call “needy?:

  • Two of the Frost kids attend a $20K-per-year private school.

  • Mr. Frost runs a business out of a $160K building, which he owns.

  • The Frost’s own a 3,000 square-foot house, valued at $485K.

Keep in mind that the Democrats want to tax the working poor in order to provide such people with free government health care. How could President Bush NOT veto this travesty?

As disgraceful as this all is, it has produced some pretty decent satire. Here is a seriously funny take on the kind of family that will be covered under the new and improved SCHIP.  

[HT Daily Blog Buzz]

Comments 13

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    Well, either the Frosts are committing major fraud, or the right wing whackosphere is out to lunch again. If they have an income of 45k then 40k on schools is hardly possible. More likely the kids have concessions or are paid for by grandparents. As for a nice house, I read they bought into a gentrifying area. Are you proposing to go round the country forcing families out of their homes because of property inflation?

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 7:27 am
  2. Catron wrote:

    Marc, even you can’t be this naive. This family is obviously not “needy” by any sane standard.

    Doesn’t it bother you that (actual) low-income people are being robbed to pay for this sort of thing?

    If not, I recommend you abandon the pose of caring about the less fortunate.

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 8:35 am
  3. Quotable wrote:

    Quoted at another site:

    “For example, the right hammered Graeme for attending an expensive private school. What his attackers neglected to mention is that the school only charges the Frosts $500 a year.

    The right hammered Graeme’s sister, who suffered brain injuries in the family’s car accident, for also attending an expensive private school, without noting that the state covers her tuition.

    The right blasted the Frost family for living in a neighborhood where some homes sell for nearly a half-million dollars. What their attackers neglected to mention is that the family bought their home 16 years ago for $55,000, in what was once a less-safe part of Baltimore.

    By any reasonable measure, the Frost family is struggling. The parents’ combined income is $45,000. They have four kids, all of whom qualify for S-CHIP, and all of whom would have no insurance without the state benefits.”

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 9:14 am
  4. Marc Brown wrote:

    Yes, it’s a particularly nasty attack. As this guy says:

    ‘But again, rather than debate the merits (or lack thereof) of their arguments against SCHIP, the GOP and their rabid attack dogs choose to go after a working class family that’s trying to get by on a day-to-day basis. Rather than praise Graeme and his sister for their courage in recovering from debilitating injuries, the sewage spewers of the right wing choose to attempt to destroy an entire family. Rather than admit that sometimes the safety nets such as CHIP are necessary to keep hard working families out of a disastrous personal situation, the right wing troglodytes would rather demonize those families as leeches and gamers. After all, it’s so much easier to destroy a poster-family than to intellectually defend a morally bankrupt policy.’

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 11:09 am
  5. Jason wrote:

    Wow, how classy of you to smear a struggling family! You must be one of those compassionate conservatives.

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 11:13 am
  6. Catron wrote:

    Jason, perhaps you’d be good enough to tell me which part of my post “smears” this “stuggling” family.

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 12:45 pm
  7. Jason wrote:

    Well, the fact that you’re telling lies about them and then putting the word struggling in quotes is a bit of a smear job if you ask me. But hey, what to the trials and tribulations of working families matter to a corporate shill?

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 12:59 pm
  8. Catron wrote:

    Jason, please tell me you don’t actually believe this silly BS.

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 2:05 pm
  9. Jason wrote:

    Indeed, I don’t believe a single word of the silly BS that you are spewing. You are clearly nothing more than a corporate shill. I wonder if you’d have the balls to come talk to a struggling family face to face and tell them that you don’t think that their children deserve affordable health care.

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 3:18 pm
  10. Catron wrote:

    I wonder if you’d have the balls to come talk to a struggling family face to face.

    My job at the hospital often puts me face-to-face with REAL struggling families (not the bogus kind discussed above). I authorize $5 to $10 million a year in charity write-offs for DESERVING patients.

    In other words, I LIVE IT while you (and other sanctimonious windbags) merely blow a lot of hot air.

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 3:30 pm
  11. Marc Brown wrote:

    ‘My job at the hospital often puts me face-to-face with REAL struggling families (not the bogus kind discussed above). I authorize $5 to $10 million a year in charity write-offs for DESERVING patients.’

    At last! An admission that there are many people struggling with medical care in the US. It took a while, but we got there in the end.

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 4:02 pm
  12. Catron wrote:

    I don’t think I ever said there were NO struggling families, Marc. What I have said is that the number has been greatly exaggerated and that government-run health care is not the solution to that problem.

    Posted 09 Oct 2007 at 4:34 pm
  13. Marc Brown wrote:

    If you alone are writing off up to $10 million a year then that’s symptomatic of a large problem. Perhaps you can tell us what the main reasons/trends you are seeing for the shortfall in your case. Why, for example, are these ‘deserving’ patients not covered by Medicare/aid.

    Posted 10 Oct 2007 at 1:56 am

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