Bush Vetoes Health Coverage for Poor Kids

October 3, 2007 at 9:56 am 6 comments

UPDATE: MoveOn is organizing more than 200 rallies across the country to urge members of Congress to overturn the veto by President Bush of the S-CHIP bill to provide healthcare coverage to uninsured kids. To find the rally nearest you, click here.

In only the fourth veto in his nearly seven years as president, George Bush has vetoed a bipartisan bill that would provide funding for healthcare for millions of uninsured kids. Unbelievable.

The bill would double the number of poor kids would receive healthcare. Bush opposes the bill because he says its a step toward universal coverage, which he opposes on philosophical grounds. As if ensuring that all Americans are able to see a doctor when they need to would be a bad thing.

Families USA has created this ad to urge members of Congress to overturn Bush’s and provide health insurance for poor kids. You can sign their petition and make a contribution to get the air on the air here.


Entry filed under: Advocacy, Congress, Conservatives, George Bush, Health, Politics, Video, YouTube.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. eldiablotejas  |  October 3, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    The original intent of SCHIP was to provide health insurance for poor children. The congressional expansion, however, would help cover children in families with incomes of more than $60,000 in some cases, even up to $83,000 in extreme cases. To put that in perspective, the median household income is a little more than $48,201.

    That means an extension of government-run, taxpayer-funded health insurance to more people.

    As the safety net is cast further up the income ladder, instead of complementing private coverage and reducing the ranks of the uninsured,SCHP would increasingly become a substitute for it

  • 2. Cliff  |  October 3, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    I don’t see why people are so afraid of middle class insurance buyers switching to the SCHIP program. Sure, that hurts HMO’s, but since when is their health more important than our children’s?

    You know what happens when parents are forced to chose between paying thousands a year for their kids’ insurance versus using a government program their taxes pay for? They chose the free program if it’s at par with the expensive one. BUT what happens if the free program isn’t available? They chose NOTHING. They leave their children uninsured because they can’t afford to do anything about it.

    How are we supposed to make parents save for retirement, their kids’ education, and pay for a home if we keep catering to HMO’s who only want to make a buck?

    Even if we do shell out a few grand for health insurance, chances are when our kids get sick the HMO will tell us the needed medicine and tests aren’t covered ANYWAY.

  • 3. Bloggernista  |  October 3, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Bush is so concerned with maintaining the profits of the health insurance industry that he is willing to screw over kids to do it. That’s just wrong.

  • 4. Chip Milner  |  October 4, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Why are we even thinking about giving FREE health care to children of illegal immigrants when those who have served in the military for 20 plus years cant get the free health care they were promised. Also service men and women today are being denied because they had health issues before being sent to war. Lets see, your healthy enough to be sent to defend your nation but can not get medical care because you had health issues before.

  • 5. Bloggernista  |  October 4, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    I favor a single payer system of healthcare in which anyone who needs to see a doctor could. The U.S. is the only industrial nation that does not have some sort of universal healthcare system.

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