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Democrats to Bush: Veto This!

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Posted on Aug 2, 2007

Defying President Bush’s promise to veto the bill, House Democrats approved a broad expansion of the popular SCHIP program that would offer healthcare coverage to millions more poor children. The Senate version appears likely to pass, which would force Bush to make good on his vow and in the process deny poor children fiscally responsible healthcare.


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A bipartisan measure to add 3 million lower-income children to a popular health insurance program headed for a final Senate vote after a much broader and more expensive version passed the House over stiff Republican opposition.

Both measures face a veto threat from President Bush, who says they would cost too much and expand the decade-old program beyond its original mission, inappropriately moving toward government-run health care.

Senate Democrats were eager to pass a $35-billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, perhaps as early as Thursday, before leaving town this week for a monthlong summer recess. The program expires Sept. 30.

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By farmertx, August 2, 2007 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

#91744 by cyrena on 8/02 at 12:38 pm
(614 comments total)

So, I’m not sure it does a whole lot of good for me to write, but I still keep doing it.

Granted, it would be more effective if we enclosed a check for $250,000 with the plea for responsible action, but I’m just a tad short right, thanks to the booming economy.
Still, we have to keep trying.

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By cyrena, August 2, 2007 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

#91660 by farmertx on 8/02 at 6:57 am

•  More useless gestures from Congress. Even if Shrub signs the bill, he will add a signing statement that will nulify the bill.
This is exactly what he would do, farmertx.
•  Until he is removed, nothing will be done to help this country.
And, the longer we wait, the more damage is done. That’s what’s so amazing to me, when I hear another excuse for Nancy Pelosi, or this Congress. (not to mention the fact that it thoroughly pisses me off).
•  Again, I hope all of us are writing our Congress Critter’s saying something similar.
Well yeah, I’ve been writing. Mine is probably pretty strong, because there’s no excuse now, for the fact that they have not initiated these impeachment proceedings, or ended the war. For years now, the Dems have had the excuse that they were outnumbered. And, they were.

However, in the past 6 years, Pelosi has also been keeping a firm lid on any disagreement within her own party, including any mention of impeachment. So, now the excuses don’t work, because we see that she won’t even consider it, because it would be politically incorrect, in a function that she sees as being about HER, and not about US.

So, I’m not sure it does a whole lot of good for me to write, but I still keep doing it.

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By mackTN, August 2, 2007 at 9:14 am Link to this comment

If Dems would only add an amendment stating that the beneficiaries of this program would have to work 10 hours a week helping farmers harvest crops, Bush would certainly embrace this bill.  It would also ameliorate the illegal immigration problem at the same time, not to mention helping these children of poor parents that they have to develop a work ethic, pull themselves up by the bootstrap, etc.

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By farmertx, August 2, 2007 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

More useless gestures from Congress. Even if Shrub signs the bill, he will add a signing statement that will nulify the bill.

Until he is removed, nothing will be done to help this country.

Again, I hope all of us are writing our Congress Critter’s saying something similar.

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By Miguel Nieto, August 2, 2007 at 5:20 am Link to this comment
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If the killing of Iraqi children by our American forces has no effect on Bush’s conscience (like as if he has one), then why would he care about the death of non-white poor children dying of something that wealthy white kids can get immediate and effective treatment for.
Bush’s veto (as well as how those voting against this bill) shows their true nature, and loyalty the private profit hungry medical establishment.

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