President’s Veto of SCHIP Leaves Many, Many Children Behind.

The president who brought you No Child Left Behind seems hellbent on doing exactly the opposite; it appears George W. Bush would like to leave millions of children behind. Why else would he veto expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which currently “funds insurance for 4 million children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to buy private insurance?” According to the president, expanding SCHIP is tantamount to “socialized medicine,” which we are supposed to believe is a greater evil than millions of kids going without adequate health insurance. The proposed expansion would have provided coverage for an additional nine million children nationwide but the president’s veto has made sure those nine million children will not be getting SCHIP coverage. For now anyway. Supporters of SCHIP’s expansion are already fighting back.

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