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Bush Vows to Veto Kids' Health Care Bill

President Bush declared Saturday he would veto a kids’ health care bill which has received substantial bi-partisan support, according to the New York Times.
Congress passed a bill expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is a state-federal program that finances health insurance for those who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to pay for private coverage. Most of those covered under the program are children. The program expires September 30, and Congress’ bill, which was proposed by a bi-partisan group of lawmakers Friday, would raise federal tax on cigarettes from 61 cents to $1 per pack and would add $35 billion over five years to the program, according to the New York Times. The move would add 4 million people to the program, which already serves 6.6 million.
Bush called Democrats irresponsible for passing a bill they knew would be vetoed.
“Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor children purely to make a political point,? he said.
Democrat Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell rebuffed, saying that if Bush doesn’t sign the bill, 15 states will be left without any funding for the program by the end of September.
“Our goal should be to move children who have no health insurance to private coverage -- not to move children who already have private health insurance to government coverage,? Bush said, also saying the bill is too costly and unacceptably raises taxes.
The bill received tremendous Democratic support along with considerable Republican support.