October 2nd, 2007
10:20 AM ET
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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. laurinda,ny

    We have had Democrat and Republican president forever. We have never had such problems since the psycho cowboy cheated his way in. Now everyone is at each others throats because of this nut. Even his father had more sense. He has the IQ in the low 40's, did he eat lead paint as a baby?

    October 2, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Teenager 1: Dude, my X-Box crashed. I'm so bummed!

    Teenager 2: No worries, bro. Hillary is going take care of it! If anything bad happens in life, SHE is going to fix it with a government program.

    Teenager 1: Gnarley, dude. Hillary rocks!

    Teenager 2: Yeah – that's why my mom is voting for her, after she gets back from the store buying groceries with food stamps, picking up her medication (medicaid), and visiting Grandma in the old-age home (medicare). We were going to buy the new X-Box with mom's tax refund – freaky since mom doesn't work – but she said we'll wait until after Christmas when we know Hillary is going to win – and start our new social programs.

    October 2, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    This legislation contains back door funding for abortions. President Bush is opposed to killing children. Plain and simple reason to veto.

    October 2, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Terry, El Paso, TX

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

    I don't like it when left-wingers (there are no Liberals currently in American government) call conservatives fascists when they can't even define fascist and they don't know how ridiculous their statement is. Likewise, I don't think that people who cannot define socialism, have never read a book on socialism, never looked up socialism in the encyclopedia, and never met a socialist call people socialists. Just call them a jerk. That is what you mean.

    We need to put a lot more money into education in this country.

    October 2, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Kay, Las Vegas, NV

    Bush-haters unite! What will you do when this man leaves office? Who will ever replace him in your hearts? I will be so sad for that empty space you all have not being able to be consumed by your hatred of the "evil" one.
    You know what? I'm middle class and worked 2 job to put myself through college and my parents, who were not wealthy by any means, worked hard to put me through so I wouldn't end up with massive student loans.
    My husband and I made the choice to have two children who we have spent the last 20 years melding into healthy, kind, considerate, law-abiding people. 20 years of outrageous dr's bills and shoddy health insurance...20 years is a long time before George Bush entered office, but somehow it's all his fault. Blame it on George, he's a moron! But you know what? Look at stats, who has the out of wedlock babies (not baby) that she (cuz he's out of there) cannot afford? Who overwhelmingly continue to smoke and abuse alcohol and drugs? The poor. Which group doesn't practice birth control, although its been preached to them and is readily available, and cannot feed or cloth their children, let alone pay for insurance? The poor. Yet they just keep having more, and then their kids do the same, and their kids, and so on.
    Stop blaming Bush for people's inability to make appropriate decisions in their lives, i.e., can I afford to have children?? And stop making people like me pay for the poor who continue to make poor decisions and overload our country with more children they can't take care of, so the rest of us have to step up to the plate! Put the blame squarely on the shoulders of people unable to support themselves, let alone, the children they keep giving birth to when they are already living in poverty! The government is no more responsible for their kids then it is for mine!

    October 2, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Eric, San Francisco, CA

    If this isn't another clear example of how Bush could care less about the welfare of his own citizens. Funny he can waste hundreds of billions of dollars on a war that has just killed innocent people yet he can't spare a lousy 35 billion extra for the children in this country. All I can say is "Shame on you George Bush". I know like many Americans I count the days till his presidency is over.

    October 2, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Colony 14 author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    Pardon my bringing the U.S. Constitution into this argument, but that document requires that any powers not specifically granted to the federal government be delegated to the individual states. There is no Constitutional basis for federally run, sponsored, regulated, or funded health care programs. There is, however, a federal responsibility to wage war and defend the citizenry. You may disagree with President Bush and are certainly free to vote for someone who promises to bring home troops, but defense spending is totally irrelevant to the issue of health care. You might prefer spending tax dollars on free bigscreen televisions to funding wars also, but that isn't in the Constitution either.

    Granted, everyone certainly would like their expenses paid by someone else, but please read the Constitution – if it isn't in there, Washington isn't supposed to be doing it! Of course, that hasn't stopped widespread abuses of power by all Presidents and all legislators over the last hundred years or so. If the feds would stop wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars every year on unjustified programs, we'd all have lower taxes and could afford health insurance. Let's fix the problems, rather than make them worse, because no one will have anything after we've killed the golden goose.

    October 2, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Ryan Indianapolis

    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.

    Posted By CJ, Kentucky : October 2, 2007 1:39 pm

    And that is Bush's fault you live a boring hopeless life????Nope didnt think so , this is AMERICA my friend , where anyone can be anyone, get off your butt and make something of yourself or just shut your mouth, I could really care less what you do.

    October 2, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. laurinda,ny

    JEFF FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS...HOW DARE YOU TALK LIKE THAT. I am surprized that CNN would let a creep like you write such a thing. As the owner of dogs, cats and parrots you are a complete idiot. People like you are lowlives just like Michael Vick, DMX, etc. I hate Texas. It produces moron, such as yourself. I sincerely hope there is a flood and you drownd.

    October 2, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Colony 14 author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    Okay, I give up, the bleeding hearts win. We should immediately abolish the Department of Defense and the Armed Forces of the United States. Everything else everyone wants should be provided by the federal government.

    I will quit my job the first thing in the morning. The feds will have to give me free health insurance. (We can't let the poor be without health care!) The feds will have to give me food. (Everyone has a right to food!) The feds will have to provide me with a house. (A nation this wealthy should be ashamed to have any homeless people!) The feds will have to give me the new Halo 3 video game. (We need federal programs to keep people from congregating on the streets, joining gangs, and getting into trouble!) I think I may even go back to school for another degree. (Everyone has a right to a decent education!)

    To those of you who are foolish enough to keep working to pay my bills, thank you! And will the last one left working please turn off the lights of America when he leaves for the day...

    October 2, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Cindy Kissimmee, Florida

    Lott added, "Do you really believe Republicans don't want to help poor, low-income children?"

    YES! tax cuts for the rich, funding the endless war but not funding American children heathcare!!!! These are the same children that will be paying for the war when they grow up

    October 2, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. David, Gilbert Arizona

    All you people that are saying Bush hates the poor or that republicans are hypocrites or that people posting should give up everything before making a comment need to do a bit of research first.

    CHIP as it exists before this legislation provides health care services to children of parents earning twice the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level is approximately $17,000 annually. A family earning an annual income of $34,000 is eligible for CHIP as it exists today without this additional measure.

    Bush said he would be willing to sign a bill expanding the existing program. The tax and spend democrats took that to mean they could go hog wild.

    I amazes me that many of the people posting here might actually vote in the upcoming election. There in nothing candidates love more than an uneducated voter. Don't do any research. Get all your information from the media. That's the way we elect our presidents.

    October 2, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Tom, Anaheim, CA

    2 billion a week for Iraq, a few hundred million for Isreal defense aid, a half a trillion for military aid, a hundred million for Pakistan defense aid... This doesn't leave anything for American children that could use a helping hand because their parents are spread soooooo thin trying to make ends meet and may not have any decent insurance like the socialized medical insurance the taxpayers provide to federal elected officials.

    Let Bush veto it. If he does he owns it and come election time Americans can deal the GOP a retaliatory blow.

    October 2, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. JC from Sundance, Wyoming

    Not sure if anyone else got the memo, but it reads as follows: Bush Sucks. I know, I know, I thought it was concise too!

    October 2, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    67 Senators voted for this bill. The president is on the wrong side of this one. And he and his party will pay a big price

    October 2, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. John from America

    3 times the poverty level – and that's a lot of money? NOT!

    Family Values – when we turn our backs on sick children? NOT

    Greedy Suckers – you sit there and watch this administration make a trillion dollar grab for Iraq Oil under completely FALSE pretenses and complain that children might get a tiny fraction of that money to stay healthy!

    Better start rechecking your family values – Oh wait, you meant only GOP FAMILYS!

    October 2, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. john

    using our money our social security money using credit for war..and he doesnt support the American people. why isnt he impeached.should have been done along time ago...

    October 2, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. KD, Dallas, TX

    I find it difficult to argue about giving 35 billion to support our children of today....afterall, they are the ones who will be responsible for paying back Bush's irresponsible, reprehensible war debt.

    Trigger happy Bush is obsessed with his power.

    October 2, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Bush, a self proclaimed "compassionate conservative" is also a Bible reader... although I might question if Laura is reading it to him. My Pet Goat is not exactly award winning literature.

    One Bible passage says "suffer the little children" but since Bush goes to bed at 9:00AM, he missed the rest of the passage.

    So since the Bible says "suffer the little children" then suffer they must!

    October 2, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Steve - Peoria, IL.

    Just last week Canadian MP Belinda Stronach came to the US for a cancer treatment and operation. What does this tell us about the "socialist Hillary-care" idea and elitism and privelege in general?

    October 2, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. Sherleen Yanez WA

    Here in WA we have a new Medicaid law that says the state can enroll children who are eligible for Medicaid back onto their parents group coverage and it will be paid for by Medicaid.

    Medicaid coverage cost so much more than group dependent coverage does that WA State estimates they will be able to partially subsidize the parent's group coverage also for what the state is paying for 1 Medicaid child.

    Government health programs cost way too much! If we are going to expand CHIP, perhaps it should pay for all children, period.

    October 2, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. John, Euless, TX

    All the more reason to vote Democratic and give them a larger majority in the Senate!

    October 2, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  23. deucebollards

    Those who claim that the funding for this program falls almost completely upon the poor need to rethink their math. Of the 75 million poor in this country, l/3 are smokers and will pay a tobacco tax. Of the 225 million "privileged" 24% are smokers and will pay a tobacco tax. That's roughly 2-1 "privileged" smokers to "poor" smokers paying the tobacco tax. And for those who argue, along with Bush, that the proposal is socialized medicine, keep in mind it is an "expansion" of an existing program. In other words, if they are correct in their characterization, then we already have socialized medicine, it was passed by Congress before, and the President did not veto this insidious evil the first time around. Playing politics with our children's lives is abominable; which children are being left behind now?

    October 2, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  24. stoney - spokane, wa.

    the government is here to protect us from outside invaders/enemies, not to give medical services. Walter Reed Hospital can barely keep up w/ the veterans staying there, how can the fed. gov't possibly provide good care to us all?

    October 3, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  25. Dorsey, Fort Polk

    I can't believe this guy! He doesn't seem to care about anything but spending money on the Iraqi people. This is Planet Earth calling President Bush; Is anyone home? Wake up man, think about OUR children- The American Ones

    October 3, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
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