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Health Care “Dare” Affects 250,000 CA Kids

September 27, 2007

A health care "dare" begins today, as the U.S. Senate is expected to join the House in approving an extension of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). President Bush says he will veto what Congress approved, because he believes families that can afford health care will take advantage of public coverage instead. Ron Pollack, with the children's advocacy group Families USA, says that statement is out of touch with statistics on health coverage. They show costs have outstripped affordability, even for many middle-class families.

"This is not a story of people who are looking for a handout, this is a story of people in working families."

Research from the groupHealth Access says the veto could also mean California would have to drop 250,000 children who are currently enrolled in its "Healthy Families" insurance plan. Pollack agrees Congress has done the right thing in taking action on the healthcare crisis.

"The huge number of people without health coverage explains why healthcare has become the number one domestic policy issue among America's voters."

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - CA