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I am working with my colleagues to expand health care for all Americans, starting with our children through the expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). SCHIP is a bipartisan and cost-effective way to meet the health care needs of children and families struggling to make ends meet. Georgia's PeachCare covers 343,700 children today and Congress must expand that to cover the thousands of already eligible children who still lack health care.
In vetoing the bi-partisan compromise legislation, the President, and his Congressional allies who upheld his veto, opposed the will of the American people, including a wide-ranging coalition of doctors and other health care providers, disease advocacy groups, and children's advocates, such as the March of Dimes and Easter Seals.
SCHIP would have provided for the health and well-being of 10 million children by:
Expanding SCHIP to more uninsured children is one of my top priorities.
For our seniors who rely on Medicare, Congress has a duty to pass legislation that helps those with the lowest incomes, and makes prevention more affordable. The House passed a bill that:
Too many seniors are still struggling to pay for their prescription drugs. You can be proud that one of the first acts of this Congress was to vote to give Medicare the ability to negotiate with drug companies for lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries. The President has threatened to veto the legislation.