I hesitate to use the term "wrap up" because I doubt this issue is anywhere near finished. This is just a collection of statements I've read.
"Children in rural areas, like much of Ohio's Sixth District, depend on Medicaid or CHIP for health insurance more than children in urban areas. That's just one of the reasons I'm so pleased we were able to pass this important legislation.
"Everyone deserves quality healthcare in this country. I'm so proud this legislation takes on the task of guaranteeing that insurance is attainable and looks after our nation’s children.”
-- Rep. Charlie Wilson
Here's Dennis Kucinich's statement on why he was the only Ohio Democrat to vote against the bill.
“I cannot support legislation which extends health coverage to some children while openly denying it to other children. This legislation is woefully inadequate: and I will not support it.
“Legal immigrant children deserve the same quality health care as other children receive. It is Congress’ responsibility to address the main difficulties that prevent legal immigrant children from gaining access to health care. Today, we did exactly the opposite.
“HR 676 guarantees full health care coverage for all children. When considering a universal health care proposal, HR 676, the Medicare for All bill, is the only health care plan that addresses three important issues: quality, accessibility, and cost. HR 676 stands alone in an increasingly crowded field of efforts to provide health care coverage to all."
-- Rep. Dennis Kucinich
And the statement from his primary challenger Rosemary Palmer
I was appalled by Congressman Kucinich’s vote against the State Children’s Health Insurance Program on the House floor tonight. This bill would have expanded an already successful program to provide health insurance to millions of children across the country. It takes some twisted logic for someone who claims to support health care coverage for all to oppose this necessary and overdue move in the right direction.
On one hand, President Bush vows to veto the bill, and on the other, Dennis Kucinich votes against it because he doesn’t think it is perfect. This is a perfect example of what is presently wrong with Washington decision-making. Polarizing positions work against functional compromise resulting in a government that cannot serve in the nation’s best interest. While fringe politicians like President Bush and Congressman Kucinich rant like petulant children, the nation remains stagnant and desperately needing effective leadership. Unfortunately, children in Northeast Ohio and around the country will pay the price for their obstinate actions.
It had been my policy to try not to endorse anyone in that race but after Kucinich's little "all or nothing" stunt I think it's about time someone slapped him back to reality. Kucinich apparently wants people to suffer as much as possible until he can ride in on a white horse and be the people's savior. Sorry buddy, now you've pissed too many people off.
Zack Space also put out a release late last night praising the bills passage.
“We have a moral imperative to ensure these children get the health insurance they need to keep them healthy. Our historic vote tonight will give up to 10 million children health coverage with this legislation.”
“The clock is ticking, Mr. President. If you veto this bill, you will drive 145,000 Ohioans off health insurance.”
-- Rep. Zack Space
I also finally got around to posting the audio of Space's opening statement from yesterday's conference call.
Last but not least Governor Ted Strickland chimed in and urged Representatives to support the compromise yesterday.
“There are few things more important than ensuring Ohio’s children have access to quality, affordable health care. The state budget, passed with the nearly unanimous support of Republican and Democratic legislators, includes a plan to extend health care access to Ohio’s uninsured children.
“We have it within our ability to accomplish this worthy, bipartisan goal. I'm urging Ohio's Congressional Delegation to support the SCHIP compromise today.”
-- Governor Ted Strickland