October 2nd, 2007
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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. teri, Salt Lake City, UT

    I agree with Rocco except one thing. Bush would not change his mind if one of these children showed up on his doorstep. He REALLY doesn't give a DAMN!

    October 2, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, NM

    HOW DID WE EVER ELECT SUCH AN IDIOT FOR PRESIDENT...WHAT A MONUMENTAL MISTAKE. GENERATIONS WILL SUFFER FOR THIS FATAL ERROR. MAY GOD HELP US ALL.

    October 2, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Liberals are so angry they cannot even stay on point. Simply put – the Democrats were told that Bush would re-sign this bill if they increased...I believe up to 20 billion...they knowingly increased it by 35 billion – and are risking funding for the very bill they deemed so important – this is nothing more than a political game (I know money spent on the war....blah blah....Haliberton....blah blah....stay to point....this is a game being played by Nancy and her crew...those who fall for it...I am truly disappointed in...)

    October 2, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Ryan Indianapolis

    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.

    I just hope you realize how small you sound by making those comments. That is why over the course of the last 27yrs only one democrat has won the White House. I really feel sorry for you and if you have children I feel sorry for them as well. Way to go GW, the democrats are trying to get healthcare for kids in the middle class and given an inch they try to gain a mile, and then where do you think the Democrats want this program to go to ?????You got it Universal Healthcare for EVERYBODY.....Sorry Nancy and Harry you are not tricking anyone,It trully is funny how incomptent your Democratic leaders have become.

    October 2, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Mary C, Richmond, VA

    Plain and simple. Bush wants poor children, who are overwhelmingly Black and Latino to die.

    October 2, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. L.M., Ardmore, Oklahoma

    One year, one month, two days until America casts the deciding veto of any more Bush. Free at last, oh lord, free at last. Crawford will gets its idiot back and America's children, elderly and sick once more may see light at the end of the tunnel.

    October 2, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. jvl, Springfield, VA

    Bush says yes to tax cuts for millionaires but no to health care for minor children. We know what his priorities are for sure.

    October 2, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Christian, Tampa FL

    I don't care what financial level the kids are on that would receive insurance. The fact is, when you have a President that vetoes a children's health insurance bill for being too "costly" while still forcing the nation to cough of hundreds of billions of dollars for warfare, you have a big problem.

    King George continuously pushes it too far. If only the public could somehow recall him.

    October 2, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Steve K., Phoenix, AZ

    Whether you call universal health care or socialism or any other names, the fact remains that millions and millions in this country are uninsured while the present medicare-medicaid is the same govt. run progra. These uninsured people ultimately end up in the emergency and we taxpayers anyway pay for their care. This in turn adds up the insurance cost that is being paid by ignorants like James and Chris. These right wingers don't have brains to digest these facts. Just because Dems are pushing these proposals, these idiots are opposing.

    October 2, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. CJ, Kentucky

    For Ryan and all of you who seem to be ever so quick to degrade the people who speak against Bush and his entourage, it is quite easy to speak with a full stomach, the finest in necessities for the activities of daily living, a warm bed, etc. Instead of focusing your energy toward critiquing someone else, I would suggest you take that silver spoon from your mouth and begin to learn how to care for yourself without any of the above. Look around you! At the rate this country is going with all the debt that has been forced upon it by the "BUSH BOYS," it is just a matter of time before everyone could be facing much the same as our forefathers during the GREAT DEPRESSION. The value of the dollar is falling, our borders remain open, there are very few manufacturing facilities left within the US, the American farmers are dwindling, and you concern yourselves with how much you have and degrade those not in your league. I would suggest you begin to show a little kindness because one day you may be faced with begging for food from one of those families who know how to take a dollar and stretch it to the utmost degree.

    October 2, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. JB Boston MA

    "unsympathetic to children". . .

    This bill is unsympathetic to upper middle class and upper class children!!! How dare Pelosi!

    The truth is, at some point you need to decide who gets free healthcare and who doesn't. Middle class people should be able to afford health care on their own. Period!

    And, primarily poor people smoke! This is only hurting poor people. If the tax fell on lets say, air travel, that would better target the right people, but you all would be screaming bloody murder!!!

    October 2, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. JD Xenia, Ohio

    It seams to me the most effective way to stop the growth of government is to have the congress from one party and the White House from other.

    October 2, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Mark, Shreveport, LA

    If you can't afford children, don't have them.

    Why should everyone else have to pay for your child? Don't we still have charity hospitals?

    Take care of your own.

    Just say "NO!" to the nanny state!

    October 2, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Terry, El Paso, TX

    IF any child in America lacks regular checkups, routine innoculations, or medical treatment for any condition, then I want my county health department, the state health department, and the federal government to deliver medical services to that child. Children cannot work and cannot earn the money to pay for medical care. If their parents or guardians cannot or will not provide it, then I want a government employee knocking on that child's door.

    If the federal budget gets too high, then let's cut spending on defense, police, fire departments, road repair and construction, infrastructure, power grids, and other less essential services – but not children's health care.

    Some of you who post on this site must have flinty little hearts that only beat a few times a month. You should go live on the moon, where you will be happier. There, nothing lives and nothing grows.

    October 2, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Lou, Miami Florida

    YES to over 10 billion a month to kill Iraqis and their children and no for 35 Billion to take care of the health cost of our children for 5 years. YES to keep giving the tax cut to the very rich and NO to the helpless and the poor... there you have it The Evangelical President… Christian values???

    October 2, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Quack, quack, quack! The lame duck lays another egg.

    When this administration is just "slightly" over the $10 billion dollars this war was supposed to cost us, still can't account for additional billions in dollars and arms that somehow got lost in Iraq, continues to pay billions of dollars to privatize the war and do nation-building, you would think this little weasel would want to make sure the children of today are healthy enough to pay for the debt he's leaving them.

    God help us from these compassionate, fiscally responsible "Christians"!

    October 2, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Matt, Chicago

    I believe the threshold is 2K(!) to qualify for medicaid. Small + midsized businesses can't afford, or dont provide HI for over 40% of their workers, and it's dwindling daily. Larger corps aren't much better.

    Why are the Dems always the ones that have to compromise (I know – their leadership lacks cohesion + strength.they are often awful.) h/w 25B$ total increase in Domestic v. Bush's 190B$ for military?

    And please save it with the spooky "socialism" references. Who knew that providing CHILDREN w/ health care was such a bad thing?
    let's acknowledge who is the most reckless spending administration in the history of this country. (Hint – not FDR)

    I'm sure none of you critics of this program send your kids to public schools, if you can afford tuition for private schools. I mean, why should other tax payers w/o kids pay prop taxes to support your kids when you can scrape together enough pennies for private school.

    finally, most important, and maybve something the "religious" may comprehend: "the sins of the father...."

    October 2, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Dawn, Madison, Wi

    Family size of 3 at 250% of federal poverty level is 42K a year. Hardly what I call middle class these days – My family of 3 makes 90K a year – WE are middle class. Cover the children! To veto this is irresponsible and unethical. I don't understand people who think otherwise. Wake up America.

    October 2, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. laurinda,ny

    He has no idea what he is doing to this country. Even his father stays away from him. The REPUBLICANS have only one candidate that is a strong, nice looking man and that is Duncan Hunter. He was on Lou Dobbs and I thought he sounded great. If Lou Dobbs likes him, I do too. Being a dem, I would consider him. We need a strong nice looking man in the white house.

    October 2, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Say NO to "it takes a village to raise a child" Hillary-Socialism!

    October 2, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Jeremy, Columbus OH

    Well lets see now, how many billions of dollars have been spent on the Iraq war, in our never ending War on Terror, that's right, never ending war because we'll fight terrorists until the day we die and leave it to our children. Somehow Republicans have it in their head we'll get all those terrorists soon so lets continue to throw all our money in that.

    All while our educational system goes down the tubes, healthcare is sky-high (mine goes up another $20 next year a paycheck and that's just for me!), along with toys and food are being recalled left and right because of lack of oversight by this Administration. Perhaps it's time we started taking care of our people here, especially our children, Mr. Ignorant President!

    October 2, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Adam Washington, DC

    Yes, Senator Lott, I do.

    October 2, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Deinse, Montgomery AL

    His actions are truly unbelievable. I work everyday and ff I was a single mother, I couldn't afford healthcare for my family. Me alone, possibly, but not family. How can a human being have so much power to deny working people who still struggle the opportunity to have healthcare? Just unbelievable.

    October 2, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Sue in Michigan

    We can only pray that this unbelievably callous and conceited administration is gone in 15 months. However, he did sign an Executive Order in July giving him the right to declare martial law and SUSPEND ELECTIONS in the event of a "national emergency"_anyone here smell another 9-11 coming? Beware-impeach or we may have this loony crew forever!

    October 2, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Absolutely apalling.

    Hey George, going over to the Cheny's this weekend to kick puppies and bayonet kittens?

    Is there ANYTHING left for you to destroy with diseased mind set?

    October 2, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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