(CNSNews.com) - Kathleen Bush of Coral Springs, FL, was sentenced this month to five years in prison on two counts of aggravated child abuse and one count of fraud. Bush and her 7-year-old daughter, Jennifer, once were Hillary Rodham Clinton's prime examples of why "Health Care Reform" in the United States was a necessity.
Bush also pled guilty to a separate count of welfare fraud for misrepresenting $60,000 in assets on Medicaid forms.
"There was probably more abuse in this single case," lead prosecutor Bob Nichols noted, "than in all of the child-abuse cases I've prosecuted in my life combined."
Six years ago, Kathleen Bush wrote a widely publicized letter to the White House. "Do you know what it is like to choose between purchasing groceries for the week to feed your family or buying needed medications for your chronically ill child?," she asked.
Pale and wan, Jennifer suffered from unidentified chronic digestive problems and a myriad of other ailments from birth. She had her gall bladder, appendix, and fragments of her intestines removed.
Yet, for years, doctors could not solve Jennifer's physical maladies. Jennifer ran up a 33,000-page medical file and a $2 million bill after 200 hospital visits and 40 operations.
Kathleen and Jennifer Bush became the national poster people for Hillary Rodham Clinton's health care reform package. That package, aimed at legislation by both Mrs. Clinton and the President, never got off the ground. With TV crews in tow, saintly mother and sickly child headed up to Capitol Hill to campaign for Clinton-sponsored health insurance mandates. That was in 1993.
Evidence later surfaced that Kathleen Bush had mistreated and abused Jennifer. Some evidence alleges that Kathleen Bush forced certain foods deprived of any nutrition on Jennifer in order to keep her unhealthy.
In 1996, Jennifer was removed from the Bush home by the state and removed from the influence of her birth mother. Since that time, Jennifer has become a completely healthy girl through normal medical check-ups, healthy food and a supportive environment with her new family.
Kathleen Bush is going to prison. Hillary Rodham Clinton, after eight years as the First Lady from Arkansas, is running for the Senate from New York.