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Reform Jewish Leader Saddened By House Failure to Override SCHIP Veto; Urges Swift Reauthorization

Saperstein: “Without a clear sense of the prospects for this essential legislation, lower-income parents are denied the sense of security that comes with knowing that one’s children have the preventative health care they need to grow into healthy adults, as well as the care of a medical professional in case of illness.”

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Washington DC October 19, 2007 -- In response to the House’s failure to override President Bush’s veto of the SCHIP reauthorization bill, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We are deeply disappointed that the House was unable to overturn President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  Despite strong bipartisan support from 273 House members, 10 million children who would have benefited from the adoption of this SCHIP bill are now left in a state of limbo.  Without a clear sense of the prospects for this essential legislation, lower-income parents are denied the sense of security that comes with knowing that one’s children have the preventative health care they need to grow into healthy adults, as well as the care of a medical professional in case of illness.

The Jewish tradition teaches, “Do not neglect the children of the poor, for from them will go forth the Law” (Nedarim 81).  With this teaching in mind, we hope that the Congressional leadership can work together to swiftly craft a new, long term reauthorization of this critical program and honor their commitment to insuring 10 million children. 

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