February 4th, 2009
01:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Dems show their strength as House passes SCHIP

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The newly empowered Democratic majority flexed its political muscle Wednesday as the House of Representatives voted to expand a key federal health care program to an estimated 4 million additional children.

The 290-135 vote to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program fell largely along party lines, with almost every Democrat voting in favor of the expansion and most Republicans voting against it.

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  1. Matt

    Universal Health Care is coming GOPers...get out your anti-socialism diapers and start filling them...

    February 4, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Come again!

    Wow Republicans......you never seem to amaze me......you really don't have anything good to offer America huh. I bet if it was a vote to go to war in some poor country and kill countless women and children you would all vote "yes"! Wow!

    February 4, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Matt

    Partisanship = death of the GOP. They don't seem to realize that not enough people to save them are going to blame the Dems. It's sad really. A lot of what the Republican party originally stood for has alot of merit, but they've apparently decided to elevate politics over policy and principles. RIP.

    February 4, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Brian Wilson

    Hey CNN, where's the blurb on Pelosi saying 500 million Americans lose their jobs each month? And you guys slammed Palin for not being intelligent. Do you guys even try for journalistic integrity?

    February 4, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. john

    This makes me so proud that we are making sure our children have proper care. After 8 years of policies that made us look like a third world country. We are finally back on track.

    February 4, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Honestlady

    I don't know the exact details of SCHIP but why would anyone vote against a program that is designed to "expand a key federal health care program to an estimated 4 million additional children."

    What is wrong with these Repubs? They have been angry ever since November 4th. They only seem concerned with being spiteful no matter how far down we all fall. This isn't Country first!!!

    February 4, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Jon in CA

    "Democrats... voted to EXPAND a federal program..."

    There ya go!

    Our country is experiencing an economic crisis and what do Democrats want to do? Expand federal programs!

    Some things never change: Tax and Spend Liberals

    February 4, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. The Future

    Repubs in congress are selfish, hateful people with no new ideas. We must vote them out and bring in a new breed of politicians...ones that are not to far removed from everyday realities.

    February 4, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. obama-mama

    What is with this flex muscle thingy? I'm glad they passed this. A lot of children in need of medical in this country.....

    February 4, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. In Indiana

    I think parents should have to prove that they cannot afford health care for their children before they could drop private insurance to put their children on this. If they have a driveway full of 4 wheelers, satellite TV, the latest Wii and every other toy they wanted, then they CAN afford insurance for their children, they are just choosing not to. It's time to make people accountable to themselves and their families.

    February 4, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Bill

    Great news

    February 4, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. former republican

    This is great news! WTG to all those that voted in favor of this bill. Now lets move on to Veterans Health Care issues.

    February 4, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Matthew Truth

    Spend baby spend.

    February 4, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. For Ward in Va

    The Repugs have shown that to them compromise is weakness so give into them no more. The Dems need to stiff arm the Repugs if we want things to get better and move forward. The Repugs are nothing more than a herd of irrational bullies who only repond to intimidation and false bravado.

    February 4, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Matthew Truth

    Matt.

    Get a job so you can contribute.

    February 4, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. D-MI

    Now you see there? THAT'S how you do it. Man up, Democrats.

    House Republicans vote to deny health care to 4 million children. Wow.
    There's a campaign slogan for them.
    "The socialist liberals want to keep children healthy!!!!"

    Yeah, get Joe the Plumber to go around using that line. That will help you out...

    February 4, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    This is good for the State Children's Health Insurance Program

    February 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Diana Ewing NJ

    Exactly what are Republican for...? I find it difficult to believe they are all anti people children jobs... and only for banks and wall street. How could anyone justify in these times being against medical care for children... with so many joing the unemployment lines?

    February 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. BOB

    Republicans hate children.

    February 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. D-MI

    Jon in CA:

    So, just so we are all clear, you prefer children unhealthy, correct?

    February 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Danny in Chicago

    Republicans showing they don't care about children......how like them!

    February 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. DB

    Good for the Dems on this one. It is the right thing to do - taking care of children. It amazes me how Conservatives want children born, even in the case of rape and incest, but once born, they couldn't care less about them.

    February 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    Good thing you have us smokers around to pay for everything! Every time some liberal needs money for one of their socialist programs they raise the cigarette tax!!! How about raise the alcohol tax for once! I'm sure there are plenty of alcoholics around! All you have to do is look at both houses of Congress! Seems like everytime one of them gets caught doing something wrong they claim to have an alcohol problem and enter rehab anyway so..........................

    February 4, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Becky, Midwest

    What a waste. What a shame. In a time when Americans are hurting, the taxpayer now get to pay for illegal children's healthcare. Oh goody. It is time to put an end to paying for illegals in this country! Our pockets are empty.

    February 4, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Matt

    @ Jon in CA

    Two can play at that game: "GOPers claimed tax cuts for the rich was the solution to [insert anythign and everything]!!!"

    There ya go!

    Our country is experiencing an economic crisis and what do Republicans want to do? Ensure the rich stay rich and can donate to their campaigns!

    Some things never change: GOPers on their knees under CEOs' desks.

    February 4, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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