Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bush - no cash for kids health

"What a sad day that the president would say that rather than insuring millions of children, 'I don't want to raise the cigarette tax,' " said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

President Bush vetoed an expansion of the federally funded, state-run health insurance program for poor children for a second time Wednesday, telling Congress the bill "moves our country's health care system in the wrong direction."

The bill would have expanded the State Children's Health Insurance Program by adding another 4 million children whose families still can't afford private insurance to the 6 million already covered by the program whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid .

The reform would have been financed by a 61 cents increase in the federal tax on a pack of cigarettes.

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