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    Angry Bush vetoes expansion of kids' health insurance program

    Bush vetoes expansion of kids' health insurance program

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    -House speaker says she will try to get GOP votes to overturn veto
    -President Bush says bill would expand program beyond helping poor children
    -Democrats take to House and Senate floors to criticize president's veto
    -Margin in Senate enough for override; House lacks two-thirds majority needed

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Wednesday vetoed legislation expanding a children's health insurance program by $35 billion over five years.

    Bush exercised the veto at 10 a.m. ET before leaving the White House for a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to discuss the federal budget and taxes.

    Speaking in Pennsylvania, Bush said he vetoed the bill because it was a step toward "federalizing" medicine and inappropriately expanded the program beyond its focus on helping poor children.

    "I believe in private medicine, not the federal government running the health care system. I do want Republicans and Democrats to come together to support a bill that focuses on the poorer children," the president said, adding the government's policy should be to help people find private insurance.Watch Bush explain his veto

    Democrats quickly took to the floors of the Senate and House of Representatives to condemn the veto of the bill that received bipartisan support.

    "I think that this is probably the most inexplicable veto in the history of the country. It is incomprehensible. It is intolerable. It's unacceptable," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, who pleaded with Republicans to help overturn the veto.

    Congress sent the legislation on the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, to the White House on Tuesday after the Senate voted 67-29 last week to expand the program.

    It appears Congress lacks the votes to overturn Bush's veto. Though 67 votes in the 100-person Senate would suffice to override a veto, the 265-159 House vote on September 25 is short of the two-thirds majority needed. View Bush's and previous presidents' veto records

    However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would try to get the 15 additional Republican votes she said she needed to overturn Bush's veto, noting that "2-to-1 Republican voters support SCHIP and oppose the president's veto."

    "It's very sad that the president has chosen to veto a bill that would provide health care to 10 million American children for the next five years. It is a value that is shared by the American people across the board," Pelosi said.

    House Democrats also were quick to compare the bill's $7 billion annual cost to the money spent each month on the Iraq war.

    "The president and Republicans in Congress say that we can't afford this bill, but where were the fiscal conservatives when the president demanded hundreds of billions of dollars for the war in Iraq?" asked Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois.

    Some House Republicans, however, said Bush was right to veto the bill.

    "The public can see that we're playing more political 'gotcha' than we are at really solving problems," said Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, who said the legislation contained "all of these little hidden gizmos, among other things that we're going to provide health care to the children of illegal immigrants."

    Akin also said the bill would have led to "a massive expansion of, basically, 'Hillary' socialized medicine," a reference to Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and her unsuccessful health care efforts as first lady in the 1990s.

    Democrats denied the bill would provide coverage to illegal immigrants.

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said Tuesday that he won't schedule an override vote on SCHIP until next week or later. There is no time limit in the House on when to bring the bill up again.

    Under the legislation, the program would double -- from 4 million to 8 million -- the number of children covered.

    In the Senate, 18 Republicans joined all of the Democrats in voting to expand the program from its annual budget of $5 billion to $12 billion for the next five years.

    Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was among those Republicans who split from the president. "It's very difficult for me to be against a man I care so much for," he told his colleagues on the Senate floor before the vote. "It's unfortunate that the president has chosen to be on what, to me, is clearly the wrong side of this issue."

    A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted September 27-30 found 72 percent of those surveyed support an increase in spending on the program, with 25 percent opposed. The poll's margin of error was 3 percentage points.

    Bush and many Republicans contend the program's original intent would be changed under the bill.

    The program gives coverage to parents who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to buy private insurance for their children. Critics have said their concern is that parents might be prompted to drop private coverage for their children to get cheaper coverage under the bill.

    The veto is the fourth of Bush's presidency. After not using his veto power at all during his first four years, the president has vetoed three other bills in his second term: two on stem-cell research legislation and one on a war funding bill with a Democratic timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.



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    Mr. Bush YOU ARE A PIG! his "reasoning" for vetoing this is ridiculous! Totally absurd!

    you can't agree to 35 billion over 5 years but you want hundreds of billions right now for all the wars you started overseas and here at home w/ your domestic spying crap?!! WTF?! How can you as a human being of this earth say NO TO HEALTHCARE FOR FREAKIN' CHILDREN?!!!! HOW?!

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    because healthcare doesn't make his daddy more rich.

    nazis do, though.
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    There he goes again, putting death and politics before children and health.

    How I wish someone would put that veto pen down his throat so he can choke on it.

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    Down his throat is not where I'd put it given the opportunity . . .
    Don't worry about what other people think. They don't do it very often.

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    But he asked for how many billions to continue the war?
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwgirl View Post
    But he asked for how many billions to continue the war?
    Exactly! Bush can stick that veto pen where the sun don't shine!!!
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    asshole

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    ****ARRRGHHHHH****

    That was my reaction when I heard this. I cannot elaborate. When I try, I end up sounding like a cavewoman.

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    That evil f***er.

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    i say he goes just one hour without secret service for this.
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    Bush just gets worse and worse. It's to the point now where I don't even get shocked by the ass-backwards things he does anymore.

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    ^ right its to the point where i believe that he literally is the devil. i mean, who in their right mind and heart would cut healthcare to children?!

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    ^^^Bush doesn't have a mind, right or otherwise, and his heart only pumps oil and Jack Daniels.

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    It's as if he's setting America up, it's one big gotcha in the end.

    Something has to give. Why aren't people in the streets? Should I be in the streets? Do I have to call people to arms?

    but everyone is tired. All the pollutants and crappity crap people eat have made us fat and our minds foggy.

    People work like rats in a cage, and except mediocrity because to demand more means to sacrifice what they have. And to go without, even for a little while is too much to accept.

    If I could meet someone dead or alive, it would be someone from the French revolution, American Revolution and Haitian revolution. Toussaint L'Ouvreture. Someone who can understand and has been at the forefront of a revolution. Because now my whole spirit is weary by all I read here. I feel disheartened and understand now that I may have more in common with those weird miltia men in the mid west who want to fight for america.

    I'm rambling, but I'm just sad. And tired.

    I want Bush gone. He's just crazy. I want healthcare. Who the fuck cares if it's socialized...
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    Aw, who gives a shit about Education? Who gives a shit about Healthcare? Who gives a shit about Downward Drifting Wages? Who gives a shit about the Military Industrial Complex running amok? Who gives a shit about Disappearing Civil Liberties?

    It's more important to HATE, y'all !

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