At Lower Bucks Hospital, Patrick Murphy Urges Veto Override
8th District Congressman Stood with Doctors, Nurses and Kids to Rally Support for Next Week's House Vote to Override President Bush's Veto of Children's Health Care
6,700 Bucks County Children Currently Enrolled in SCHIP
162,800 Pennsylvania Children Currently Enrolled in SCHIP
Under this bill
* Nearly 4 Million Additional American Children will Receive Health Care
* 140,000 Additional Pennsylvania Children will Receive Health Care
(Bristol, PA) - Today, in advance of next week's vote to override President Bush's veto of the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization, Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) along with 8th District doctors, nurses and kids called for bipartisan cooperation in the name of children's health. At an event at Lower Bucks Hospital, Rep. Murphy, families and medical professionals from across the community hailed the common-sense legislation that could mean an additional 3.8 million children from low income families - including 140,000 here in Pennsylvania - would receive health care. The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act has the support of 43 governors and was approved by a vote of 265-159 in the House and 67-29 in the Senate. The vote to override President Bush's veto is set for October 18.
"I am hopeful that we will be able to override President Bush's veto and I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the right thing for millions of American kids," said Congressman Patrick Murphy. "The president is all alone in opposing a measure that is supported by 43 governors and dozens of Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate. By vetoing this bill, President Bush is making it harder for hard working parents to keep their kids healthy. That is just wrong."
This fiscally responsible legislation maintains current law regarding children's eligibility, but by investing $35 billion into the health and well-being of American children, the bill provides states with the resources necessary to reach millions of eligible children not enrolled in CHIP. The program was created in 1997 to provide health care coverage for children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. This bill is not only good for the short-term with its focus on being fiscally responsible, it also looks after our long-term goals by reducing the load on emergency rooms and lowers across the board health care costs.
The bill has garnered a broad range of support from various advocacy organizations and a bipartisan collection of political leaders. CHIP Reauthorization is supported by the AARP, the American Medical Association, the Healthcare Leadership Council, the American Cancer Society and the Catholic Health Association. It has received broad support from Democrats and Republican leaders including Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Reps Phil English (R-PA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA).