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Advocates Criticize Vetoes Of Bills Expanding Kids’ Health Coverage

Sacramento, CA — Health care advocates say they were left angry and disappointed by Governor Schwarzenegger´s veto of two bills designed to provide medical coverage for about 800,000 uninsured California children.

The vetoes were announced Friday night, hours after Schwarzenegger promised at a bill-signing ceremony on other legislation to continue putting children first.

One of the vetoed bills would have expanded eligibility for the state´s Healthy Families health care program and stepped up efforts to sign up children eligible for health care coverage.

The other bill would have set up a fund in the state treasury to pay for the Chan legislation through a combination of government funding and private contributions that would have been tax deductible.

Schwarzenegger said in his veto messages that he supported health coverage for all children but questioned how to pay for the legislation.