Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Note on SCHIP from the IDP

From Idaho Democratic Party headquarters in Boise:

BOISE, Idaho – State Democratic Party Chairman Richard Stallings today criticized Republicans Rep. Bill Sali for voting to uphold President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, denying health care to ten million children nationwide and preventing more than 18,000 uninsured children in Idaho from gaining health care.

Republicans voted against the program, despite the overwhelming support of the American people for expanding it. Just yesterday, a new CBS News poll showed eight in 10 Americans support expanding the program. [CBS News, 10/17/07 ]

Not only have a bipartisan group of 43 governors called on President Bush to extend and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, but seven states filed lawsuits against the Bush Administration challenging proposed federal rules that would "force poor children to lose health coverage." [Associated Press, 10/01/07] Despite this broad bipartisan support for the program, all of the Republican presidential candidates support President Bush’s veto.

Stallings expressed his disappointment in Sali and the Republican Presidential candidates for supporting President Bush’s veto instead of Idaho’s children.

“Today, Republicans like Bill Sali chose President Bush over Idaho’s children and the financial security of Idaho families. Supporting this reckless and irresponsible veto means denying thousands of Idaho children the opportunity to see a doctor, receive preventative care and live healthier and happier lives.

“At the same time, Bush Republicans are willing to spend billions of dollars on the failed war in Iraq. This is shameful and shows just how out of touch Republicans like Bill Sali are with the priorities of America’s families. This is not what American people want. Democrats remain committed to children in Idaho and will continue to fight Republicans until every child has the health care they need and deserve.”

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