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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:17 PM
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Bush Is Prepared to Veto Bill to Expand Child Insurance
Gotta love those child-friendly Republican family values :eyes:.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/washington/15child.ht...

WASHINGTON, July 14 The White House said on Saturday that President Bush would veto a bipartisan plan to expand the Childrens Health Insurance Program, drafted over the last six months by senior members of the Senate Finance Committee.

The vow puts Mr. Bush at odds with the Democratic majority in Congress, with a substantial number of Republican lawmakers and with many governors of both parties, who want to expand the popular program to cover some of the nations eight million uninsured children.

Tony Fratto, a White House spokesman, said: The presidents senior advisers will certainly recommend a veto of this proposal. And there is no question that the president would veto it.

The program, which insured 7.4 million people at some time in the last year, is set to expire Sept. 30.

The Finance Committee is expected to approve the Senate plan next week, sending it to the full Senate for action later this month.

Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who is chairman of the committee, said he would move ahead despite the veto threat.

The Senate will not be deterred from helping more kids in need, Mr. Baucus said. The president should stop playing politics and start working with Congress to help kids, through renewal of this program.


>>The proposal would increase current levels of spending by $35 billion over the next five years, bringing the total to $60 billion. The Congressional Budget Office says the plan would reduce the number of uninsured children by 4.1 million.

The new spending would be financed by an increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco products. The tax on cigarettes would rise to $1 a pack, from the current 39 cents.

Mr. Fratto, the White House spokesman, said, Tax increases are neither necessary nor advisable to fund the program appropriately.

Democrats in the House would go much further than the bipartisan Senate plan. They would add $50 billion to the program over five years, bringing the total to $75 billion. By contrast, in his latest budget request, Mr. Bush proposed an increase of $5 billion over five years, which would bring the total to $30 billion.

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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:19 PM
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1. Your Culture of Life At Work
We need that money for war.
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:20 PM
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2. Its not a good bill
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 12:21 PM by OzarkDem
Not to say the program isn't worthwhile, but the funding mechanism sucks. Raising the tax on tobacco products to pay for the program is poor planning. Once tobacco smoking declines, so do revenues for the program.

Rather than using stupid funding gimmicks, they just need to make the program part of the regular budget, period.

That's not likely the reason why the Blivet is opposed to it. He most likely objects to the fact that private insurance companies (GOP donors) don't benefit.
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:32 PM
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3. If Bush took
the long view he would see that the children could grow up big and strong to join the Army to fight his endless wars.

But he's not thinking any farther ahead than September. Maybe that's a good sign.
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:05 PM
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4. Child Hater
but we already knew that
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