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Democrats Refuse to Ignore the Needs of the Uninsured-Look to expand SCHIP for Children

Apr 24, 2007
Floor Statement

Madam Speaker,

This week is "Covered the Uninsured Week."  This year's focus centers on expanding health care coverage for America's children.  For six years, President Bush and the Republican Congresses ignored our nation's health care crisis.  As a result, the number of uninsured increased by 7 million to 47 million Americans.  9 million of them are children.

Studies show us that a child's health can be greatly improved if they have health care coverage.  Children with access to health care are better prepared to learn in school and are better prepared to succeed in life.

The new Democratic Congress refuses to ignore America's uninsured and that's why we passed a budget last month that provides a significant increase in funding for the SCHIP program.  The $50 billion increase in funding over the next five years would allow us to provide health care to millions of children who are currently uninsured.  Thank you.