Obama Uses S-CHIP Signing Ceremony To Push Back Against Stimulus Critics
by Todd Beeton, Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 12:45:01 PM EST
President Obama has just signed into law the expansion of S-CHIP, which will extend health coverage to 4 million additional uninsured children as well as lift the ban on states providing coverage for of the children of legal immigrants.
During his speech at the signing ceremony, Obama pledged that the program would be merely the first step toward fulfilling his promise of universal health care:
The way I see it, providing coverage to 11 million children on CHIP is a downpayment on my commitment to cover every single American.
He also framed the stimulus package as an essential tool to modernize and "rebuild America's health care system" and used the widely aired aigning ceremony to continue to hit back against critics of his economic stimulus package.
In the past few days I've heard criticisms of this plan that frankly echo the very same failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis in the first place. The notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems, that we can address this enormous crisis with half steps and piecemeal measures and tinkering around the edges. That we can ignore fundamental challenges like the high cost of health care and still expect our economy and our country to thrive. I reject these theories and, by the way, so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change. So I urge members of Congress to act without delay.