Friday, October 5, 2007

Bush Vetoed new Children's health insurance program

Your work to support children’s health is not over. Today, President Bush quietly vetoed new legislation for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Even worse, not only did he deny urgently needed medical care to children in low-income families, President Bush vetoed a measure to extend the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for up to six months for families of wounded military personnel. This was a recommendation made by the President's own Commission.

This veto is callous and indefensible! We need your help to encourage our political leaders to keep fighting the good fight.

Over the coming weeks, Congress needs to muster the votes and political courage to override this veto - and the debate will be especially critical in the House of Representatives.

National partnership for women & families urges you to contact your Representative and encourage them to stand up to the President and stand for America’s children…and families of wounded soldiers.

I just sent a letter to my Representative urging them to stand with American's children and stand up to President Bush.

Take action today. Tell Congress to override President Bush's veto on the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

I urge you to take action today before it's too late!

2 comments:

cj said...

Do you realize that the bill the President vetoed would've had the tax payer funding medical care for a family of 4 making $82,000 a year?

Excuse me, but that's crazy. I have no problem helping kids who need the help but I don't think a family making more than twice what I am needs my help paying for their kids medical care. Sorry.

cjh

Ginny said...

The legislation would have provided an extra $35 billion over five years for the health program, which is administered by the states. Taxes on tobacco products would have been raised to pay for the increase. It would have allowed about 4 million uninsured kids to have insurance. These are kids that cannot afford private insurance & are uninsured. It is hard when you can't afford to take your children to the dr or afford their medications. Or when you have to go without food because your child has a couple hundred dollar asthma med they need.

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