October 2nd, 2007
10:20 AM ET
11 years ago

White House reiterates upcoming veto

President Bush "will veto" legislation expanding a children's health insurance program by $35 billion over five years, the White House reiterated Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush "will veto" legislation expanding a children's health insurance program by $35 billion over five years despite Democratic pressure lobbying him to change his mind, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino reiterated Tuesday.

Even though Democrats are expected to officially send the legislation to the White House Tuesday afternoon, Perino said Bush will not veto the bill on Tuesday.

"Not today," Perino said, adding that Wednesday is likely for the veto. The president will be traveling Wednesday to Lancaster, Pa. to discuss the federal budget and taxes.

This will be just the fourth veto of Bush's presidency. After not using his veto power at all during his first four-year term, the president has vetoed three bills in his second term, one on Iraq war funding and two on stem cell legislation.

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  1. JB Boston MA

    Before people start going nuts- do your research and don't buy into sound bited by Pelosi and gang.

    Medicaid takes care of poor children's health insurance. The current bill about to expire takes care of health care for children 200% above the poverty level. They now want to increase that to 300% of poverty level. This now borders on middle class individuals. I am middle class, why should I have to pay for other middle class individuals insurance?

    These are the facts, look them up!

    October 2, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Children's health insurance program? Stem cell research..!!!

    God dam..!!

    Children do not need heath insurance…!!! There are more important and pressing things to pay for.. Such as Blackwater, Halliberton etc..

    Stop wining and let the president spent your money on a war that accomplishes nothing.

    Oh we also have Iran on the cross hairs. That is going to cost a bundle..!!

    Children’s health.. Is that what you want?


    October 2, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The Shrub's obstinacy on this issue defies reason on both sides of the aisle. Any Member who supports the veto will pay in 2008 if they're up for reelection.

    October 2, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Pete, T.S. FL

    Let's see, first he was for it now he is against it.....flip-flop.....

    October 2, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. David, Arlington, VA

    As I understand it, CHIP provides health insurance for children of families who make too much money to qualify for Medicare but still cannot afford to purchase private health insurance. Yes, strictly speaking, this means that CHIP provides coverage for children who lie above the poverty level and would not be classified as poor. However, as healthcare costs continue to soar and the purchasing power of the lower and middle classes continues to decline, it becomes more and more difficult for working and lower middle class families, who can't qualify for Medicare benefits, to purchase insurance for their children. CHIP is intended to bridge this gap. This money isn't going to middle class families who can afford insurance but are seeking a handout; it's going to those families who need it but can't get it. Therefore, I find it hard to understand the arguments against expanding a successful and relatively inexpensive program that seeks to expand healthcare coverage for children that need it. Of course, this is the same president who vetoed bills that would provide funding for scientific research and medical advancements to combat debilitating diseases, so I shouldn't be surprised he'd rather spend $35 billion on a new war plane instead of health insurance for kids who need it.

    October 2, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Dr Atomic, Down South

    What? Why, some of these kids might have parents who don't vote my way! Why should I go out of my way just to get medical treatment for some liberal child? What kind of a fool do you think I am?

    OW! OW! Ok, Jesus, let go of my ear. I guess children are children no matter how their parents vote.

    October 2, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Peter, Amityville, NY

    Good for Bush.

    FINALLY he's reigning in massive Government spending. Maybe Pelosi and friends should be focusing on what's important, like...


    October 2, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. David, Arlington, VA

    Peter, I don't understand how you can praise Bush for supposedly "reining in massive government spending" when he wants to veto a $35 billion healthcare program, yet has no problem seeking over $600 billion in defense spending(much of it for Cold War-era equipment and programs). Hmm, I wonder which spending contributes more to the fiscal deficit and national debt...

    October 2, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Chip Celina OH

    If this bill didn't target one specific group to fund it, it might have a chance.

    Let's single out the tobacco guys, they're an easy, sympathetic target that everyone will get behind stealing their money. I believe if this was spread across the board and the cap was lower than 82K for eligibility it might have a chance.

    Have a good day,

    October 2, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Pat, Huntington, NY

    The only times this piece of work uses his veto is to keep funding the mass murder of innocent people in Iraq, stop medical advances that could save millions of people's lives, and to take away health care from american children. If this is what is supposed to be compassionate conservatism, then I am proud as all heck to same I am a Big Liberal Democrat!

    October 2, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. roger, conway sc

    I personally do not care if the new bill funds US CITIZEN'S children who have billions as long as the $$ is spent on OUR children & not other countries. Also if the prez is so worried about the budget he should STOP asking for more money to fund HIS war. The dems can not stop the war without the help of the moderate republicans or until they take back the senate in 2008 & can get this nation back on track..

    October 2, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Michael S. Columbus, Indiana

    Our you people serious? I'm so glad to hear fellow Americans unsympathetic to children and families. Yes, renewing the CHIP program would have cover children of middle class families. Anyone who has kids and makes middle class money knows that health insurance is a reach in many circumstances.

    Some of these comments reak of selfish, narrow-minded thought. Not everyone has a job with a corporation who pays for health insurance. People...let's start thinking about other people's situations. Oh wait, most Americans don't think. So stupid of me.

    Bush should be so proud of his 4 vetos – 1 against keeping children healthy, 2 against saving people through research, and one big one refusing any different approach to Iraq. Yee-haw!

    October 2, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Rocco, Wellington, Fl

    Bush should have to choose personally which child gets the heath insurance and which doesnot. He would change his attitude if they ended up on his door step. This president is so removed from reality he makes these decisions seem so easy. He is a disgrace to this country.

    October 2, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Sean, NYC, New York

    Scary! Shame on the Democrats. Did you see how they wheeled out that little kid? Talk about exploitation.

    The Democrats wanna shove guilt down your throat so they can expand the giant bureaucracy that is the Federal Government.

    I wonder which health insurance company/group is getting all our tax dollars for this one?

    October 2, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Now i am not a fan of bush but he is a republican. This is what they stand on....limited government control and programs. He is representing a base.

    October 2, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. David, Gilbert Arizona

    My understanding of CHIP is the same as David's from VA. The additional $35 billion is not only for those children whose parents do not qualify for Medicaid. The money is also to expand the existing program in order to provide impoverished children better health care.

    Bush said he'd veto the bill because it has expanded CHIP beyond its original intent. Bush said he would sign a bill that expanded the program by $5 billion but $35 billion was too costly. If Bush were to sign the legislation an estimated 4 million additional children will be eligible for CHIP. The Bush administration holds to the mindset that CHIP should be focused on families with incomes that fall below twice the federal poverty level.

    October 2, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Hooligan, Everywhere, America

    To bad the Idiot-in-Chief didn't veto Blackwater or Halliburton, eh?!

    October 2, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. demwit

    Can't those middle class kids go without their ipods and cellphones? Why would we mandate that smokers(of all classes) pay for the middle classes healthcare?

    Seems like a pretty STUPID idea when we have some many poor that need better assistance..

    October 2, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. CJ, Kentucky

    It is not only children who need health care in this country; all US citizens are in desperate need of the quality of health care of the President and his wealthy entourage! The best thing that could ever happen to all of them would be to lose everything and be made to experience the degrading, humiliating care that is offered by health care institutions across this country when they discover you do not have insurance. I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE! I remember well the manner in which I was treated when I was a single mother who could not afford insurance. Luckily, I have developed my own business, and I pay for my own health insurance in excess of $600.00 monthly for my husband and me. I thank God I am not in the category of people who successfully can make my own way while condemning others for not having the means to become financially capable to meet everyday needs, let alone health care. I would help them all if I could, something the President and his group of "haves" in the political circle cannot state. How easy it is to veto something that you know absolutely nothing about. Go back to school GEORGE, you have learned nothing about people, family values, or anything else of importance!

    October 2, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Danielle, Atlanta Ga

    The person who said that Bush stands for limited government control and programs must be living in a different universe. Also, please read the comments posted by David, from Arlington, VA: October 2, 2007 10:56 am, he is dead on the money about CHIP and I cannot put it in better words. Bush is crazy for vetoing this bill. It passed the Senate with a veto proof vote, which means more than 2/3 of the senators voted for it, which means both Democrats and Republicans voted for it. It fell short of the veto proof in House by just 15 votes. Again, many Republican voted for it there. This is not just a Democrat’s bill

    October 2, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Bill Myers, Lansing, MI

    Bush wants to veto this bill to show his conservative base that he is fiscally responsible. Bush had never vetoed a single bill presented by his congress in 6 years now vetoing even a blank paper given by democrats. When he is spending 8 billions a week on Iraq war which is all going in the drain, why is the fuss about 35 billions? And, why for the last 6 years no republicans raised an eyebrow when they were spending like crazy on earmarks? Hypocrites!

    October 2, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    I am sure that the Pentagon budget of some 600 billion can be cut to 590 billion to provide the 10 billion (over what he asked for SCHIP) that is needed to fund this important health program from the current 25 billion. No one seems to even question the military waste and all the money spent on obsolete weapons (just to keep a few short-sited congress people happy)

    Those of you who think that covering your children on a middle class wage doesn't cost that much, have no children. I have heard that an employer contribution for 3 or 4 children can be as much as 500 to 600 dollars a month or more. Factor in mortgage, utilities, food, school, etc. it is truly a wonder that people bother to have children nowadays.

    October 2, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Jean, Columbia, MD

    What we should be discussing is getting rid of the electoral vote, then we wouldn't have this idiot running the country.
    Bush started the war in Iraq because God told him to do it.
    Real reason: Divert attention away from Bin Laden and their lack of ability to capture him.
    Bush can't approve stem cell research because GOD told him not to do it.
    And besides that, he doesn't understand what it is.
    Health care for kids, even the idiot said it needed to be increased, now changes his mind, that one's for the dems.
    C'mon Jan 08. The end of an error!

    October 2, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |

    President Bush is a Pathological moron. An idiot from hell. He thinks he is sounding smart and prudent when he explains why he is vetoing the health program for kids. He is Just showing the nation where his heart is. He would rather throw billions at Iraq than to help American children.

    October 2, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Conservative James, Phoenix AZ

    The official push for SOCIALISM has started by the liberals.

    The US Government ALREADY covers low-income families for healthcare (Medicaid).

    Hillary and Company now want middle class kids covered.

    Hillary and Company want to give $5000 per baby to ANY and ALL babies born in America.

    Hillary and Company want Universal Hillarycare for ALL people without insurance (whether they want or need it).

    Hillary and Company wish to fund these socilist programs by taxing "the wealthy" – anyone (or families) making more than $100,000, yet continue reducing the tax liabilities of everyone under that category.

    Here it comes folks – Socialism... European style. Open up your wallets.

    October 2, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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