Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, voted today to override President George W. Bush's veto of the Children's Health Insurance Program, HR 976, but the override fell 17 votes short.
The House vote was 273 to 156 to override the veto.
"Virtually everyone with a stake in public health and health care is calling for this bill to be passed," Eshoo said on the floor of the House. "There are 270 groups supporting this bill; 43 Republican and Democratic governors, including Gov. Schwarzenegger, the American Medical Association, AARP, America's Health Insurance Plans, the Healthcare Leadership Council, and Catholic Charities, among others.
"There are at least 10 million reasons to insure the children of our nation because 10 million children don't have health care coverage today."