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Flipper, Ukrainian Amputees, Lincolin Diaz-Balart And SCHIP

If Republican Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart cares so much about handicapped children from the Ukraine, Florida Democrats wants to know why he doesn't care more for the children of this country.

In what has become the most recent partisan policy debate to spin out of control on Capitol Hill, the Florida Democratic Party released a statement Monday criticizing the elder Diaz-Balart for posing with handicapped Ukrainian kids at Miami's Seaquarium yesterday after voting against a measure last week to expand a federally-funded, state-run health insurance program for kids here in the U.S.

According to the release, the Ukrainian kids are in town to receive treatment and new prosthetic limbs and "even play with dolphins."

"Children in Diaz-Balart's district deserve access to the same quality health care he arranged for his guests," Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairman Joe Garcia said. "Hopefully he'll learn from the Seaquarium mascot Flipper and change his vote against children's health insurance when Congress attempts to override the President's senseless veto."

Hmmm, okay. I get it. This is all about the kids. But exactly does Flipper have to do with children's health care?