Posted By JM Bell on October 1, 2007
This is a letter from Governor Sebelius about the SCHIP bill:
Providing health care for uninsured, low-income children. It’s one of the most important things we can do to make sure our kids grow up to be healthy adults.
Seems like common sense, right? And certainly, it’s our moral obligation.
But, inexplicably, President Bush is about to say, “No.” He’s about to veto a bill to extend and strengthen the wildly-successful State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that, to date, has provided health insurance for roughly 6.6 million children of low-income working families.
For our children’s sake, I urge you to join my fellow governors and me in convincing him to change his mind. Join us as we stand up to President Bush… and stand tall for America’s children and working families.
Last week, the U.S. House and Senate acted with tremendous bipartisanship to reauthorize SCHIP. If the President signs this bill, more than 10 million children and families in need would be able to afford health insurance.
Yet, despite those stakes, that remains a very big “IF.”
SCHIP is an indisputable success. It enjoys broad bipartisan support. But, still, President Bush has repeatedly and stubbornly vowed to veto SCHIP and deny health care for uninsured children from low-income families.
Join us in signing this petition calling on him to reconsider. Let us make our voice heard now.
This partnership – SCHIP – between the states and the federal government has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise troubled health care system. SCHIP has made it possible for millions of children to see a doctor, receive preventative care, and live healthier lives.
Those children are better-prepared to learn as students when they enter a classroom. They are better prepared to succeed as adults when they enter the workforce.
In other words: Better health care for more children today means a stronger, more productive America in the years to come.
The President is now threatening the great progress we’ve achieved. And we need to send him a strong message on behalf of millions of kids who still need health care.
Bottom line: Each one of those children represents a reason for President Bush to sign this bill.
Governor of Kansas
Democratic Governors Association Chair