SCHIP Veto Fails

by alphamonkey on October 18, 2007 · 3 comments

in Uncategorized

If you weren’t following the vote (and believe you me, I was), the attempt to override President Bush’s veto of the widely supported (and bi-partisan) SCHIP expansion failed with a final tally of 273-156, just 16 votes shy of the 2/3rd majority needed.

A little FYI: the estimated cost of expanding SCHIP on a per-year is less than what we spend in Iraq in three weeks. (7 billion a year to fund SCHIP vs. the roughly 8.4 billion a MONTH Iraq costs us)

Apparently it’s all about priorities, and almost 10 million uninsured children living in the most prosperous nation on the planet doesn’t rank very high the list.

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  • Dan

    Expanding SCHIP didn’t make that much sense to me. Expanding anything right now doesn’t make much sense to me. If you don’t have the money, don’t spend it!

  • BAD

    Here here! Lets call back all the troops and stop spending money on war.

  • Jenn

    I believe this bill also had a portion dedicated to children with disabilities that big $ insurance companies won’t cover.

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