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Pelosi: SCHIP Vote Brings Us One Step Closer to Providing Health Care for 11 Million Children
Date:1/14/2009

are just makes sense. It's not just about addressing their health needs when they are sick, it's about keeping them healthy in advance. It's about prevention. It's about diet, not diabetes. It's about prevention, not amputation. It's about a healthier America.

"Contrary to the views of some, an emergency room is not good health care on a regular basis. An emergency room is as it is described -- for emergencies. Not for ongoing health care. So for those who say that all people in our country have access to health care, they can go to an emergency room, I don't know what they could be thinking.

"By ensuring health care coverage for 11 million children, families will have regular doctor visits and preventive care. We will ensure that children get the care they need and that the health care costs are not inflated, due to expensive emergency room care. That is why more than 80 percent of the American people support this legislation. It is bipartisan. It is fully paid for by a 61-cent tax on a pack of cigarettes -- as a major part of its funding. And it represents a new direction, because it is for good health care for American children and it is paid for.

"We have fought in the last Congress together -- Democrats and Republicans in the House and in the Senate -- to pass this legislation, which we did, but it was vetoed. At the time, President Bush said we could not afford this legislation -- that we could not afford to insure America's children. Forty days in Iraq equals over 10 million children in America insured for one year. We certainly can afford to do that.

"We look forward to bring this legislation to President Obama's desk as one of the first bills that he will sign. And when we do, we owe a great deal of gratitude to Chairman Henry Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Chairman Rangel of Ways and Means, Chairman Emeritus John Dingell, who worked on this issue for a very long time and en
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