News Rep. Hastings Vetoes Health Care for 11,000 Children
posted by October 18 at 17:33 PMon
As I Slogged earlier, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA, 4) was the one member of Washington’s U.S. House delegation that voted to uphold President Bush’s veto of children’s health care expansion.
The Democrats wanted to add $35 billion to the program and provide coverage for children in families making up to 300% of the federal poverty level ($51,510 for a family of 3). This would have increased enrollment from about 6.6 million to 10 million children. Bush vetoed the bill and today, the Democrats failedóby 13 votesóto override.
Of the 72,000 uninsured children in Washington from families with incomes below 300% of the federal poverty level, an estimated 11,000 are in Rep. Doc Hasting’s 4th Congressional District.
Earlier this month, Governor Gregoire sent a letter to Rep. Hastings asking him to vote to override Bush’s veto.