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Rep. Graves Comments on Potential SCHIP Veto Overide

October 4th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who is running against the outgoing mayor of Kansas City, dismissed the suggestion that Bush has been a bad spokesman for potentially vulnerable Republicans, given the president’s low approval ratings.

“It doesn’t make a difference what the president does,” Graves said.

Graves said he would favor a small expansion of the popular children’s health care program but believes the current legislation has too many problems. “They can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” he said. Read more…

Read more: 

Blunt: Time to Stop the Politics on SCHIP, and Start the Negotiations

Sam Page Press Release:

For Immediate Release

Contact: David Woodruff

October 4, 2007

Phone: 573-353-8204

Missouri Children Lose Health Insurance Funding While Governor and Lt. Governor Sit Silently

Sam Page says 60,000 Missouri children deserve a chance at a healthy life.

President Bush has vetoed bi-partisan legislation passed by both the House and Senate to increase funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that would have provided affordable healthcare to nearly 60,000 uninsured Missouri children, according to Families USA.

“It is shameful that our state’s leaders are willing to sit silently while politicians in Washington deny access to health insurance for Missouri children,” said Representative Sam Page.

Sam Page, physician and a Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, is urging Missouri’s U.S. Representatives who voted against the SCHIP expansion to change their votes in order to override the president’s veto, but warns the state should not be reliant on national policy.

In Missouri, our citizens and especially our children are already losing healthcare coverage at a rate three times the national average. The SCHIP expansion that received strong bi-partisan support in congress would bring nearly $1 billion in new healthcare funding to Missouri.

“We cannot continue to allow our children to suffer from illnesses that could be prevented if families had affordable access to doctors,” said Page. “In the Missouri House I fought against the Medicaid cuts in 2005 and I have worked on Healthcare Committees to restore those cuts. As your Lt. Governor, I would not sit silently while politicians destroyed a child’s opportunity to lead a healthy life.”

State Representative Sam Page is a Medical Doctor who earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and represents parts of Creve Coeur, Town and Country, and unincorporated St. Louis County.

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