Bush Vetos Healthcare for Children
President Bush vetoed a bipartisan bill that would renew healthcare programs for millions of uninsured children on Wednesday, acording to the Associated Press. The Senate had the required two-thirds majority vote to override the veto, but the House did not. Both are required to override a veto.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the veto was "heartless."
Bush said that he does not believe that this plan would help poor children, and that it would lead to public healthcare, which he opposes. He said he is willing to compromise with the Democratic bill.
The bill proposed that $35 billion be used over five years to give healthcare to 40 million children, which would be funded by increasing the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents a pack.
Bush did not make any vetos until being in office for six years. This is the fourth, the first three being two against the expansion of embryotic stem cell research and one against the withdrawl of troops from Iraq.
The Australian's website conflicts with the A.P. story, saying that the plan would cover 10 million children. It also said that Bush proposed a $5 billion increase in healthcare spending over five years, which was critized as being insufficient to cover the children currently on the plan.