In case you haven’t heard, President Bush vetoed a bill today that would provide $35 billion for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). That means millions of kids could lose their healthcare coverage starting next month. And millions more (including kids with uninsured working parents) won’t get any to begin with.
Meanwhile, the president wants billions of dollars to continue his war in Iraq for God knows how long, to God knows what end. But he simply can’t divert taxpayer dollars to help kids stay healthy or get well.
Obviously, somebody needs to do something. So MoveOn.org is organizing a nationwide effort to get Congress to veto the veto. Show your outrage at one of hundreds of rallies planned across the country. Maybe it will convince Congress to override Bush’s veto and get this important bill passed.
Need more convincing? Check out these facts courtesy of MomsRising:
- 12% of American children don’t have any insurance coverage at all.
- The U.S. ranks 37th in the world for infant mortality.
- One in five U.S. jobs does not provide health insurance, a pension, or wages high enough to support a family.
- For a family of 4, one year of health insurance costs an average of $11,000.
- More than half of all bankruptcy filings in 2001 were a result of medical expenses.
Please find a rally near you to voice your support for the SCHIP bill.