LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Blanche Lincoln blasted President Bush today for his claim that Democrats put a federal children's health program at risk. Lincoln is calling Bush's comments "outrageous" and "absurd."
Lincoln dismissed Bush's contention that Democrats' actions would doom the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which is set to expire at the end of the month. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Lincoln described the bill calling for a $35 billion spending increase as a bipartisan effort.
The insurance program is a state-federal partnership that provides health coverage to families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private coverage. The federal program is the primary funding source for ARKids First, which provides health insurance to more than 88,000 low-income children in the state.
More than 6 million people are covered under the program, most of them children.