OLMSTED TOWNSHIP – Lies and political games by Congress regarding State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) are not at all the way to treat children argues Jason Werner, Republican candidate for U.S. House, 10th Congressional District of Ohio.
President George W. Bush vetoed a bill, which would not only reauthorize SCHIP, but would drastically increase the minimum annual income requirements for families to receive health insurance for their children to more than $80,000. SCHIP is supposed to be used for poor families. Congress knew the President would reauthorize the SCHIP under the current eligibility requirements, which was to expire in 2007, but they tried to squeeze more money out of taxpayers and then blame the President for not caring about children, as he vetoed it, keeping to his promise.
Mr. Werner says Congress is essentially trying to push more “sorry universal healthcare by using children.” And he says they’re trying to make President Bush “look like the bad guy, in that, they knew he would veto the bill anyway.” Mr. Werner believes SCHIP should be reauthorized in its origin and is encouraged that House Speaker Pelosi made it clear she is willing to find a common ground through a compromise.
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