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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Congress Vows to Override Bush Veto on Child Health Care

Once again the inevitable. What is interesting in this article is the House Majority leader, Steny Hoyer says that the plan is paid for. Of course it is not paid for without increasing taxes on the poor and middle class. So yes, it is paid for by taxing those people that this program is supposed to help to pay for insurance for people the program was not designed to help.

This veto will not be overridden and it should not be. The Congress should not raise taxes on the poor to give to the rich. Enjoy the article anyway as it details the debate in an even handed manner.

By Scott Stearns
White House
06 October 2007

Congressional Democrats are vowing to override President Bush's veto of legislation that would expand health insurance coverage for poor children. VOA White House Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.

President Bush says he supports the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, but vetoed its expansion on Wednesday because he believes the bipartisan legislation is deeply flawed.

"Millions of children would move out of private health insurance and onto a government program," he said. "Congress's plan would also transform a program for poor children into one that covers children in some households with incomes up to $83,000. Congress's plan would raise taxes on working people. And Congress's plan does not even fully fund all the new spending."

In his weekly radio address, the president says the legislation would take the country in the wrong direction, because more government-run health care deprives Americans of the choices and competition in the private market.

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