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Showdown Over Kids’ Health Care in Congress

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 By Dick Layman/John Robinson, Contact
October 18, 2007

Des Moines, IA – Today is the day for the showdown in Congress over whether the U.S. House has the votes to override the President's veto of the State's Children's Health Insurance Program, a bill that would provide health insurance to low-income kids. The President claims it is too expensive, but Charlie Wishman with the Iowa Citizen Action Network says the veto will end up being even more expensive.

"When somebody doesn't have access to health insurance, it's more than likely they'll end up in the emergency room, and we all know that's the most costly place to receive care."

Wishman agues it's not about politics, it's about the well-being of children.

"Six out of the seven members of our Congressional delegation voted for this bill. It's something that really doesn't need to be a partisan issue and here in Iowa we really haven't made it one."

The plan has a $35 billion price tag, and would expand a recently expired program to cover ten million kids, including roughly 50,000 in Iowa. While the bill easily passed, an override of Bush's veto requires a two-thirds majority and is expected to fail.

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