Thursday, October 18, 2007

Boyda: Children's Health Vote "Morally Bankrupt"

In a statement posted to her congressional Web site, Congresswoman Nancy Boyda today called the failure to override President Bush's veto of SCHIP "morally bankrupt" and lamented the fact yet another good bill was defeated by partisan politics.

"To my mind, every vote in Congress makes a moral statement, and today’s vote was morally bankrupt. It told working families that a radical minority would rather score political points than take care of children’s health.

"As disappointing as today’s vote was, this story is not over. Children’s health care remains an incredibly important priority, both in Kansas and in D.C. Over 60% of the House, 70% of the Senate, and 80% of the American people have spoken out in favor of SCHIP, and I for one will keep fighting to help working families afford health care for their kids.

"As Congress moves forward, I hope we can get past the partisan shouting match that doomed today’s vote. Nobody in Kansas really cares whether Republicans or Democrats score more political points. They just care whether their kids can see a doctor."

-- Congresswoman Nancy Boyda

Boyda joined Kansas Congressmen Dennis Moore (D) and Jerry Moran (R) in voting to override the president's veto. Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R) vote to sustain the veto.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like Democrats are starting to melt down when the shoe is on the other foot ...... for years when they were in the minority they have been standing in the way of good legislation.

Do you have her response to Representative Starks' tirade?

Anonymous said...

to quote someone from a different blog regarding Stark:

"But he's right. Republicans don't blink when it comes to funding the war in Iraq, but they shriek at the thought of offering health insurance to uninsured kids. Funny set of priorities there."

Anonymous said...

At least tell the truth about the bill.

Five Facts Democrats Don't Want Americans To Know About Their SCHIP Bill

1. Congress' children's health insurance bill covers adults through FY 2012. New enrollment of parents under the existing waiver eligibility standards is permitted until the end of FY 2012 – meaning Federal funding will still be available for coverage of these adults until the end of FY 2012.

2. Congress' SCHIP bill covers childless adults through FY 2009. Any state with an existing childless adult waiver that expires before October 1, 2008, will get an automatic extension of the waiver upon request through September 30, 2009. The bill allows new enrollment of childless adults in FY 2008 and funding of childless adults through FY 2009.

3. Congress' SCHIP bill does NOT cover poor children first. The legislation explicitly rejects a requirement that 95 percent of eligible children from families with incomes under 200 percent of the poverty level must be enrolled in SCHIP before children in higher-income families can be covered. There are more than 500,000 poor children eligible for SCHIP, but states have not signed them up.

4. Congress' SCHIP bill covers children in some families earning up to $83,000 a year. The vetoed bill would have the result of grandfathering in New York at a higher SCHIP match rate than the rest of the country – allowing SCHIP to cover children in some households with incomes of up to $83,000 per year (400 percent of the Federal poverty level for a family of four). It also overturns the standards that would allow the Health and Human Services Secretary to disapprove State plans to cover children in higher income families before every effort has been made to cover lower income children and regardless of whether newly covered children already have private health insurance.

5. Congress' SCHIP bill would result in millions of children who now have private health insurance moving onto government coverage. Of the approximately 6 million enrollees Congress' legislation would attract by 2012, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that 2 million (one in three) would drop private insurance to enroll.

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