Obama Statement on Veto Threat of Children's Health Care
U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) made the following statement on the White House's announcement today that President Bush will veto the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2007. The bill has wide bi-partisan support and is expected to pass the House and Senate this week.
"Today's announcement by President Bush that he will veto children's health care is unacceptable and serves as an urgent reminder that we must change the way Washington works and finally put the people's interest ahead of the special interests," Senator Obama said. "In the richest nation on Earth we must no longer stand by while 9 million children live without health care. I believe that the millions of Americans who can't take their children to a doctor when they get sick have the right to affordable health care. When I was a State Senator, I was able to help extend health care coverage to an additional 150,000 parents and their children. The CHIP bill is a commonsense solution to our health care crisis and gets us one step closer where we need to be - quality, affordable health care coverage for every American."