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DNC: Romney Chooses President Bush Over Uninsured Children

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Smooth talking Mitt Romney is back in Boston today, one day after revealing more of his health care hypocrisy on the campaign trail. Asked by a reporter in Missouri if he would veto the Democratic plan to provide health insurance to 3.8 million uninsured children by expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), as President Bush has vowed to do, Romney said "Yeah. Yeah, I sure would." Romney even said "It's unfortunate the Democrats used this vehicle." [Kansas City Star online, 10/01/07] Romney failed to mention that, as Massachusetts governor, he himself used that same vehicle to cover insured children in his own state. The health care plan he championed and signed into law as governor relied on an expansion of the SCHIP program to expand health care to low income children.

Romney's new position on SCHIP may put him in line with President Bush and his failed leadership, but it leaves him squarely at odds with the American people. According to recent polls, 86 percent of the American people support reauthorizing SCHIP, with seven in ten saying they support the Democratic plan to expand SCHIP by $35 billion over five years. [Robert Wood Johnson Foundation release, 8/23/07; Washington Post, 10/2/07] Romney's decision to follow President Bush's failed leadership on children's health care comes as governors in seven states have filed lawsuits against the Bush Administration challenging proposed federal rules that would "force poor children to lose health coverage." [Associated Press, 10/01/07]

The bill Romney said he would veto would extend health insurance to 8,720 uninsured children in NH, 41,800 in SC, 26,400 in Iowa, 34,300 in Nevada, and 57,300 in his own state of Massachusetts. [Families USA, September 25, 2007]

"Smooth talking Mitt Romney's hypocrisy on SCHIP may buy him support among the right wing of the Republican Party, but the American people are not interested in more of the same failed leadership from Bush Republicans like Mitt Romney," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera. "If Mitt Romney was President, he would deny millions of children the opportunity to see a doctor, to receive preventative care and to live healthier and happier lives. The fact is, America's children simply cannot afford four more years of a President who will deny them the health care they need and deserve."

Mitt's Flip on SCHIP

Old Mitt: Used SCHIP Expansion to Insure Massachusetts Children. Romney signed the 2006 "Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality, Accountable Health Care" which expanded SCHIP eligibility standards to help achieve its objective of coverage for all residents. [Section 26 of Chapter 58 of Acts of 2006 at]

New Mitt: Would Veto Bill to Insure Children by Expanding SCHIP. Asked "If Mitt Romney were president today, would he veto the SCHIP bill as President Bush has threatened to do this week," Romney said: "Yeah. Yeah, I sure would. I'd veto it out of my belief that we should have every citizen insured. I put forward a plan in my state that gets every citizen insured....The right pathway to get everybody insured is to help people get private insurance. The SCHIP pathway is simply the wrong way. It's unfortunate the Democrats used this vehicle. It would have been far wiser to have a more comprehensive plan to have everybody insured." [Kansas City Star online, 10/01/07]

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