This video from the USA says about itself: ‘Adrian who was featured in Michael Moore’s SiCKO, gives her opinion of President Bush’s plan to veto expanding the State Child Health Insurance Program. This would give more uninsured kids in America, better healthcare. Maybe Mr. Bush needs to watch SiCKO?’
By Patrick Martin:
2 October 2007
President Bush was expected to veto legislation expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program Monday, after announcing his intention in his weekly national radio address September 29. The bill, passed by the House and Senate last week, would extend the SCHIP program for five years and increase spending from the previous level of $5 billion a year to $7 billion, enough to increase the number of children covered from 6.6 million to 10 million.
The veto is an expression of the greed and callousness of the American ruling elite. Bush has made tax cuts for the wealthy the centerpiece of his domestic policy, pumping more than $2 trillion into the pockets of those already fabulously rich. Yet he has rejected as too expensive a modest reform measure that would significantly reduce the number of children living without health insurance in the richest country in the world.
The bill passed the Senate by a 67-29 majority, more than the two thirds required to overturn a presidential veto. In the House of Representatives, however, the margin was only 265-159, with eight Democrats joining 151 Republicans. At least 25 congressmen would have to switch their votes to overturn the Bush veto.
US auto industry manager Lee Iacocca, ex-Bushist, now against Bush: here.
UK: sub-standard care, staff shortages and higher levels of obesity are resulting in the highest death rate among new mothers for 20 years, according to a damning report to be published this Tuesday; see here.