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Statement by OCPP’s Janet Bauer on House Approval of Children’s Health Care Bill

News Release
October 25, 2007

Although the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a modified version of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the fact that it again fell short of a veto-proof majority was a disappointment to hardworking families in Oregon and across the U.S. who cannot afford health coverage for their children. The President’s veto pen looms in the background.

The outcome of the vote casts serious doubt on the sincerity of opponents of the measure, such as Oregon Representative Greg Walden, who profess to support health coverage for uninsured kids. The bill that the House voted on today was modified to address specifically the concerns of Representative Walden and 37 other Republican representatives expressed in a letter to the White House one week ago. We don’t understand why Representative Walden and the others won’t take “yes” for an answer.

With children losing health coverage, it is time for Representative Walden to tell the people of Oregon how he proposes to insure the 10 million children that House bill would cover.