Bush Veto Spending Increase
As Bush points, the Democrats plan to expand government health insurance coverage for children would actually redistribute from the poor. Poor children are already covered by Medicaid or the original plan, so only middle class households would gain. Meanwhile, the higher tobacco taxes designed to finance it would hit the poor disproportionally hard. It is also an unsustainable financing source since smoking is going down while the number of children covered by the program is going up, meaning it would likely expand the budget deficit.