With 289 votes and no looming veto, the brand new House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday to expand the successful State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). During his presidency, Bush whipped out his veto twice to kill similar legislation. Bush argued that the bill would extend coverage to high income children and eventually increase taxes by more than Congress planned.
If passed into law, the bill will provide $32.3 billion over about four years (financed by an increased tax on tobacco) in order to cover four million uninsured American children. The Senate should soon pass its version, and President Obama will likely sign it into law.
Since Democrats could never muster enough votes to override Bush's veto, the expansion of children's health care is one of the first signs of change. Do you think it's for the better?