SCHIP Veto Override Fails

Unfortunately the override of President Bush’s veto of the SCHIP legislation failed. I can only hope that the next administration has a higher commitment to health care for children than the current one

The vote was 260-152, at least 15 votes short of the two-thirds threshold needed to override a veto. The Democratic bill _ backed by 45 Republicans in the House _ would expand eligibility for SCHIP benefits to 10 million uninsured children. Republicans have rejected the measure because they believe it would allow illegal immigrants and middle income people to get government health coverage, even though there is explicit language in the bill to prevent such problems.

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