2008 IAM News Archives

Bush Kills Health Care Hope for Millions

Fri. January 04, 2008

President Bush signed legislation maintaining current funding levels for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) through March 2009, despite broad bi-partisan support to expand the program and provide more children with health insurance.

The President twice vetoed legislation that would have expanded SCHIP by $35 billion over the next five years, continuing health care coverage for more than six million mostly low-income children while providing coverage for an additional four million children.

House Democrats have said they will continue to fight for the expansion of SCHIP. “The health of our children is of the highest priority to the Democrats in the Congress of the United States,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Let it be clear that Democrats will not rest until 10 million children in America have access to health care, and that it is paid for. Let it be clear that we will persist with this effort.”