Following the House’s failure Thursday to override President Bush’s veto of legislation expanding a children’s health insurance program, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed to send a similar bill to Bush in two weeks.Pelosi is going to clean up the bill so there isn't anything the GOP can misrepresent--nothing they can lie about.
Pelosi said at a press conference after the vote that any future legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) would cover 10 million children — the program currently covers 6.6 million. She declined to discuss whether Democrats would make other changes to the bill.
House and Senate Democratic leaders huddled shortly after the vote to confer on how to alter the bill to secure more Republican votes. Democratic aides said they would offer cosmetic changes, making it clearer that the bill does not allow illegal immigrants to be covered and capping the income eligibility level.
There are very good reasons why SCHIP is so popular. Ten of millions of Americans cannot afford health insurance. Americans love their children and are moved by the suffering of any child--consider the lengths to which American soldiers will go to to rescue injured Iraqi children. When you combine these factors: need, love and compassion, you find the American people strongly motivated to help these children.
Let Bush veto it again: he'll bury the Republican Party's hopes for 2008, and for years to come. SCHIP is the will of the American people.
Read "Pelosi vows another SCHIP vote after GOP sustains Bush’s veto" in The Hill.