Bush threatens veto of insurance plan for children

07/25/07 Robert Lorei
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Over the weekend, President Bush announced that he would "veto a bipartisan plan to expand the Children's Health Insurance Program" (SCHIP), a joint federal-state funding program that provides vital health insurance coverage for children in families whose income levels render them ineligible for either Medicaid or private insurance.

The proposal, which would be "financed by an increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco products," boosts "current levels of spending by $35-billion over the next five years " to "reduce the number of uninsured children by 4.1 million."

Our guest today is Andrew Leone Policy/Communications Director Florida CHAIN (Community Health Action Information Network). Among the group's goals expanding health care for all Americans.

Florida CHAIN

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