Pat Quinn pushes health care for veterans

February 10, 2008 7:06:19 PM PST
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois voters have lined up solidly behind a plan to provide comprehensive health care for veterans.Surrounded by a group of veterans Sunday, Quinn said that last Tuesday, more than 1 million Illinois voters approved a health care referendum.

It would require the federal government to provide quality health care for those who have served in the armed services. Quinn said more than 90 percent of Illinois voters approved the measure.

"It's tragic that 1.8 million veterans in America who have served our country, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, do not have health insurance. They're left out and that's not acceptable," Quinn said.

Quinn says the president's proposed budget does not provide enough money to cover veteran's health care.