Bush Vetoes Children’s Health Insurance Plan
President Bush this morning vetoed a bill that would renew and expand the state-federal health insurance program for low-income children ….
The measure, which would expand the program by $35 billion over the next five years, is broadly popular in Congress, even among many Republicans, and has wide support among governors, health-care groups and the health insurance industry….
[Note: a large majority of Republicans (by a 3-1 margin) voted against the bill, Senate, House]
Bush appears to have the votes to sustain his veto, the fourth of his presidency, in the House….
The program provides health insurance for children whose families earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford their own health insurance…. enough to boost enrollment to 10 million, up from 6.6 million, and dramatically reduce the number of uninsured children in the country, currently about 9 million….