THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release September 27, 2007
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Today, the Senate passed a State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) reauthorization bill that fails to focus on poor children, and instead creates a new entitlement program for higher income households. In fact, the bill specifically eliminates the requirement that states enroll 95% of children in households under 200% of the federal poverty level.
The President will veto this bill because it directs scarce funding to higher incomes at the expense of poor families.
We encourage Congress to send the President a continuing resolution extending SCHIP so coverage for the children who rely on the program will not be threatened. We should take this time to arrive at a more rational, bipartisan SCHIP reauthorization bill that focuses on children in poor families who don’t currently have insurance, rather than raising taxes to cover people who already have private insurance.