WE WILL NOT BE QUIET ON THE CHILD HEALTH CARE VETO

This Veto Will Not Be Quiet

by Bill Scher

The White House tries to "quietly" veto health insurance for kids.
http://ga3.org/ct/Lp20pgF1qEaP/

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S-CHIP will be election issue

Miami Herald

10/03/07

President Bush cast a quiet veto Wednesday against a politically attractive expansion of children’s health insurance, triggering a struggle with the Democratic-controlled Congress certain to reverberate into the 2008 elections. ‘Congress will fight hard to override President Bush’s heartless veto,’ vowed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada...

http://www.miamiherald.com/889/story/259345.html



Bush veto of kids’ health bill puts pressure on House GOP

San Francisco Chronicle
by Zachary Coile

10/03/07

President Bush has used his veto pen sparingly: His first, issued last year, blocked federal research using embryonic stem cells. His second in May killed a war spending bill that set a timetable for troop withdrawals from Iraq. In June, he vetoed the stem cell bill a second time. But Bush’s fourth veto Wednesday — rejecting legislation to expand a children’s health insurance program to cover 4 million more kids — could prove the most controversial and costly to members of his Republican Party running for election next fall. House and Senate Republicans are divided over the measure. Polls show the public favors expanding the program to help kids from low-income families who are not poor enough to qualify for government health care, but still lack health insurance...

http://tinyurl.com/ys4otb


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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WE WILL NOT BE QUIET ON THE CHILD HEALTH CARE VETO

Demonstrating again his "No lobbyist left behind" principles, Bush tried to "quietly" veto the renewal and expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

The just passed bill was in fact a cure in response to harsh new administrative rules from the Cheney administration that would have REDUCED coverage for poor children even under the existing program.

SAVE SCHIP ACTION PAGE: http://www.usalone.com/save_schip.php

In vainly attempting to defend his veto Bush actually said,

"No one goes without health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room."

The last time someone said something that insufferably ignorant and insensitive, it was "Let them eat cake", perhaps not by coincidence a statement from someone else who acted as an absolute monarch.

This most cruel and heartless of vetoes would not only INCREASE the real cost to government by cutting back on preventative care, those emergency room visits are not free to the patients either, who get dunned into bankruptcy with outrageous charges.

But to keep his cronies in the insurance and tobacco rackets as fat and happy as possible, Sir Silver Spoon would sacrifice the health of an entire generation of children, including all the snowflake babies he is so fond of posing for photo ops in front of.

SAVE SCHIP ACTION PAGE: http://www.usalone.com/save_schip.php

There are other groups jumping on this and that is good. But what this resource does best is send real time messages directly to all your members of Congress, plus letters to the editor of your nearest daily local newspaper. Overriding this callous outrage is a very winnable fight, especially where the majority leadership is vowing to bring the bill up and pass it again, even if we cannot reverse the veto the first time. This is exactly the kind of backbone we need on other issues and could be a breakthrough of the people's leadership.

We must shore up our support in the Senate where initial vote would already constitute a veto override, and bring the maximum pressure on the House to obtain the 20 extra votes needed there.

So again on this issue, just we did when we were successful in cutting the worst language from the Lieberman-Kyl amendment, which would have been a de facto declaration of war on Iran, we are asking all our participants to make a special point of submitting the action page. Again on this critical pivot issue we are asking you to reach out as far as possible by using the friends invitation section of the action page above to encourage everyone you know to join in the victory for children's health care.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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