Congressman Altmire Responds to President's Veto of SCHIP Legislation
U.S. Representative Jason Altmire (PA-4) released the following statement today in response to President Bush's veto of bipartisan legislation that would provide health insurance to 10 million children through the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP):
"I am extremely disappointed by the president's veto today and his stubborn insistence on pushing policies that threaten the health care coverage of America's children. Pennsylvania's working families rely on SCHIP to provide health insurance for their children. With this veto, he denies an opportunity to cover 10 million children, including over 300,000 in Pennsylvania."
"The president's claim that this program is a step toward socialized medicine could not be further from the truth. This highly successful health care program, administered by the states, has been contracted out to the private markets since its establishment in 1997. SCHIP has given families, who work hard and play by the rules, but are unable to afford the high cost of health insurance, the peace of mind that their children will receive the care that they need. I urge all of my colleagues to join bipartisan majorities in the House and the Senate, 43 governors, and over 270 organizations in overriding the president's misguided veto."