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All ‘CHIP’s in for a Showdown Over Kids’ Health Care in Congress

October 17, 2007

St. Paul, MN – The U.S. House will vote tomorrow on overriding President Bush's veto of a bill to continue and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program to cover 10 million low-income kids. The President calls it too expensive. Marc Kimball with the Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota believes the veto is more expensive.

"It's costly not to invest in kids' health. Kids with health coverage do better in school, miss less class, they have fewer long-term health problems, and they're much more productive in the future work force."

The plan has a $35 billion price tag, and would expand a recently expired program that covers millions of children, including 85,000 in Minnesota. Kimball says it's not about politics, but about the well-being of kids.

"A lot has been said recently about who wins politically and who loses politically, when this is all said and done. The fact is, it's the kids that lose, if we don't start investing in them. This is an attempt to give kids health coverage that they don't now have. They're living without it and that's not a wise investment in our nation's future."

Six of Minnesota's eight Representatives voted for the bill; voting against were John Kline and Michelle Bachmann. While the bill easily passed, an override of the President's veto would require a two-thirds vote, and is expected to fail.

Jim Wishner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MN