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S-CHIP veto: why does Dear Leader hate America's children?

Bush vetoes child health insurance plan. I can't wait for the GOP to try to run for re-election on this bit of business – their  president vetoed a bill to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which covers families that cannot qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford the spiraling cost of private coverage. Bush even tried to hide from the press when he whipped out his veto pen.

President Bush, in a confrontation with Congress, on Wednesday vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have dramatically expanded children's health insurance. It was only the fourth veto of Bush's presidency, and one that some Republicans feared could carry steep risks for their party in next year's elections. The Senate approved the bill with enough votes to override the veto, but the margin in the House fell short of the required number.

The White House sought as little attention as possible, with the president wielding his veto behind closed doors without any fanfare or news coverage…In the case of the health insurance program, the veto is a bit of a high-stakes gambit for Bush, pitting him against both the Democrats who have controlled both houses of Congress since January, but also many members of his own party and the public.

He cited that the program simply costs too much money. That's rich coming from a man who's lifting cash out of our wallets like there's no tomorrow to continue his military misadventures abroad.

Families USA's S-CHIP page.

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