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Tell Congress to Choose Children Over Bush

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Earlier this week, George W. Bush vetoed the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which would provide health care for uninsured low-income American children.

He had defended his opposition to the bill by saying, "No one goes without health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room."

Let them eat cake.

But what does Bush know about being poor and sick and uninsured?

This is only the fourth veto of Bush's presidency. He doesn't use his veto power very often, but when he does, he usually seems to veto those bills that would help prevent human suffering. Twice he vetoed the use of federal money for stem cell research that could lead to cures for numerous horrible diseases. And he vetoed a bill that would have set a deadline for bringing our troops home from Iraq.

Better to just leave our people sick and fighting.

In each of those cases, Congress failed to override Bush's vetoes. But this time, the well-being of America's children is at stake. It's time for Congress to grow a backbone and stand up for some true American values, like taking care of our kids.

If you are an American, and if you have a heart, please call on your Senators and Representative to override the veto. We must not make America's poor and low-income children pay the price for corporate greed and Bush's no-CEO-left-behind policies.

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Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views (more...)
 

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