Children of prominent politicians rarely talk publicly in support or against big policy issues, but one of the daughters of former President George W. Bush did just that on Sunday when she appeared on Fox News.
Barbara Bush said that she was glad the Democrat-backed healthcare reform passed and was signed into law by President Obama in March.
"Why do, basically, people with money have good healthcare, and why do people that live on lower salaries not have good healthcare?" she asked during the interview, adding that access to medical care should be considered everyone’s right.
The statement, while welcome by supporters of the reform, has raised eyebrows in more conservative circles.
Opponents of the legislation, a large group that includes most Republicans as well as other free market advocates, have argued that expanding the role of Federal government in the health sector and imposing insurance coverage mandates will increase costs, reduce efficiency, stifle innovation and could even be unconstitutional.
Barbara Bush founded Global Health Corps, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to recent college graduates who spend a year working in the area of public health in under-served areas of the United States or in Africa.