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WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Smooth talking Mitt Romney is heading back to the Granite State today to defend his support for President Bush's veto of legislation that would provide health care for 8,700 uninsured children in New Hampshire. [Families USA, September 25, 2007] Despite recent polls showing that seven in 10 Americans supported the bill, which would have provided health insurance to 10 million children across the country by expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Romney said if he were president today he would do exactly what President Bush did: veto it. [Kansas City Star online, 10/01/07] Romney's support for President Bush's veto is his latest politically motivated flip-flop. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney championed and signed into law a health care plan that relied on an expansion of the SCHIP program to expand health care to low income children.

Romney's decision to parrot President Bush's failed leadership on children's health care comes after New Hampshire joined seven other states -- including New York, Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington -- in suing the Bush Administration for jeopardizing kids' health coverage. The bipartisan plan that Romney opposes has the support of 43 governors, including 16 Republican governors. [Associated Press, 10/2/07]

"New Hampshire children simply cannot afford four more years of a Republican president who will promote his political agenda by denying millions of children the opportunity to see a doctor, receive preventative care and live healthier and happier lives," said Democratic National Committee Spokesman Damien LaVera. "Smooth talking Mitt Romney may be desperate to run from his own health care record, but turning himself into a Bush Republican who would spend billions of dollars on a failed strategy in Iraq and then block funding for children's health care at home is hardly the kind of change the American people are looking for."

Mitt's SCHIP Flip a Flop on the Campaign Trail

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 HYPERLINK ""]

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 HYPERLINK ""]

Overwhelming Majority of American People Support Expanding SCHIP. 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]

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