Pelosi: SCHIP costs same as 40 days in Iraq
The Measure vetoed last week by President Bush to provide millions of children with affordable health coverage would cost what the Pentagon spends every 40 days in Iraq, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today.
Appearing on the program Fox News Sunday, moderator Chris Wallace asked Pelosi if she would compromise with the president if she failed to round up enough votes to override his veto.
"The president calls himself the decider," Pelosi responded, "and I don't know why he would want to decide that one child has health care and another does not."
"Would you consider for the sake of getting an increased expansion, not the seven billion [dollars] but more than one billion [dollars], would you make a deal," Wallace asked her a moment later.
"Well, let's understand what the president is proposing," Pelosi said. "What the president is proposing right now is a diminishment of the number of children who are covered at the present time. He's cutting off about a million children from the rolls," reiterating that in his budget, the president set aside for SCHIP enough money to cover five million children instead of the current six million.
"The president says he doesn't believe in this," Pelosi told Wallace. "We say, but if you believe in it for five million children, why don't you believe in it for ten million children?"
The following video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast on October 7, 2007.