President Bush’s veto of a children’s health insurance plan could put thousands of Mississippi children at risk of losing health coverage. Congress would need a two thirds vote to override the veto. But Governor Haley Barbour and Mississippi’s congressional delegation believe the plan to expand the program would short-change the state.
Congress has passed a plan to increase the number of children covered by S-chip. George Bush says that plan is too expensive, so he vetoed it. Fifteen members in the House of Representatives will need to change their votes to override that veto.
“It ought to be fixed; this reform should have come years ago. This started during the Clinton administration and certain states like us and Georgia were short-changed, and we’ve got to do something about it now,” said Barbour.