Shocking even the staunchest Republicans in the Senate, President Bush has threatened to veto a bipartisan bill to provide health care to millions of American children who desperately need it.
Even more surprising was his advice to the 9 million uninsured children and 36 million uninsured adults should they ever have the misfortune of getting sick while he's still President: Go to the emergency room.
"I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room." -- President George W. Bush (Cleveland, 7/10/07)
Senator Charles Grassley, Republican leader of the Finance Committee, and Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican leader of the Subcommittee on Health, couldn't believe the President's veto threat and issued the following rebuke to the leader of their Party:
"Its disappointing, even a little unbelievable, to hear talk about Administration officials wanting a veto of a legislative proposal they haven't even seen yet - because it isn't even finalized yet. The President ought to give Congress a chance to offer a proposal first. As Republican leaders on the committee of jurisdiction, we've been working day and night to reach an agreement on children's health insurance legislation because it is imperative that this important program, which has helped so many children, be continued."
In a move that would snatch access to medicine out of the hands of children who currently have it, President Bush is pushing to reduce funding for children's health to only 10% of the amount that Congress budgeted earlier this year.
Please urge your Senators and Representative to oppose President Bush's war on children and support full funding for Children's Health.
George Bush Hates Children
Just in From Families USA. I am surprised at the strong language Families USA uses in their most recent e-mail alert considering they are usually rather mainstream. This is serious folks, please take 30 seconds to call congress and fight against Bush's war on children.