Hoyer's Fairy Tale

There they go again …

With all the wailing and gnashing of teeth these days surrounding the State Children's Health Insurance Program maelstrom, a few nuggets of legitimate concern are worthy of attention.

One of those concerns, raised constantly by Republicans, deals with a provision that would provide coverage to children of high-income families. In a rare glimpse of candor, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday acknowledged that oversight, stating in his weekly pen and pad, “That was a somewhat Alice-in-Wonderland approach to it, but we are willing to address that, because that was not our intent.” Go ahead and pick yourself up off the floor, because that doesn’t happen every day!

Sure enough, later in the session, Hoyer responded to criticisms of the bill by saying, “We don’t think they were concerns that were legitimate, and we are prepared to address them to ensure the fact that everyone understands what the bill means.”

Come again? Didn’t Hoyer just admit his leadership overstepped its leftist tendencies? Or was he intimating his party was going to ignore the issue and attribute the concern to simply not understanding the language in the bill?

Either way, Hoyer is about as convincing as Britney Spears in front of a judge. He can’t quite seem to make up his mind on how to sell this bill and as a result he is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

I’m sorry, but offering health coverage to children in their late 20s or to parents with no children whatsoever is not good governing, no matter what fairy tale Hoyer seems to conjure up.