The Making of This Video
As early as July, and before he had even seen language of the bill to reauthorize children’s health coverage, President Bush threatened to veto. He said:
“The immediate goal is to make sure there are more people on private insurance plans. I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room.”
When we heard the President of the United States tell children to visit the emergency room if they wanted access to health care, we were stunned. Our anger quickly turned to action.
Over the summer, as the debate heated up around the children’s health bill, so did our desire to fight back and stand up for the millions of children currently enrolled in or eligible for the CHIP program. In all, 10 million children are affected by this piece of legislation—including the children in the video.
In the film, we juxtapose the kids’ positive perceptions of the President with his disregard for their health and well-being. Quite literally, President Bush and his allies in Congress are blatantly and unapologetically blocking health care for the children of working families. These families have no other affordable options for care.
The intent of this project was to put faces on the millions of children affected by the Children's Health Insurance Program. For this reason, we profiled real kids who need health coverage and who are directly affected by this legislation. They are not paid actors.
We hope this compelling, short video encourages you to take action and learn more about ways we can help get children the health care they deserve. It’s time we stop President Bush and his cronies and support kids.