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AAFP Statement: President Bush’s Veto of SCHIP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Rick Kellerman, M.D.
American Academy of Family Physicians
“The American Academy of Family Physicians deeply regrets the president’s veto of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2007. This bipartisan legislation ensures that children now enrolled in SCHIP will continue to have coverage and it expands that coverage to 6 million children who, today, do not have access to health care.
“We call on Democrats and Republicans in Congress to continue their bipartisan efforts to help American families by overriding this veto. Without an override, Congress will allow the status quo to continue while the children of hard-working, low-income parents wait to see a doctor.
“Ensuring high quality health care to our children is an investment in our future. America’s children can’t wait. Congress needs to act quickly to override this veto.”
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
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