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. Joe The Plumber

    Dems passing bills for children's health care is good news....for John McCain.

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

    I am of the conclusion that Congressional and some Senate Republicans (and Democratic cowards like Landrieu, whose once almost all black district is now almost all white) are just going to vote against anything that helps anyone except their rich friends.

    February 4, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. 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.......................... Come on CNN stop being biased and POST THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Matt

    @ Matthew Truth

    Sorry, but I can type these things so quickly and return to making money as a successful attorney that you might need to hire someone to deal with me.

    February 4, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Frank

    another give away! who will pay for it?

    these obamanites are a bunch of idiots

    February 4, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Craig in Washington

    The Repubs are just showing their true "family values".

    February 4, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Eric

    800% increase of tax on cigars, per cigar. Now the tax is $0.40 for any cigar that cost more then 75 cents.

    February 4, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Rober

    "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"

    Oh yes, tax cuts and smaller government has worked wonders thus far. Show me one time in the last 30 years where this trickle down garbage worked. It hasn't since business has gone global. Then explain why it isn't massive government spending that lifts this country out of recession/depression when that's what it always took going back 100 years.

    February 4, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. COLIN

    BOB...so, that means that Democrats hate babies because most are in favor of abortion, right?

    February 4, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Alex

    Re: Jon's comment on "tax and spend liberals"

    So what do you want the Dems to do – deny health care for 4 million kids? What if it were your kids?

    February 4, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Matthew Truth

    Yes republicans hate children, that is why we are all about abortion.

    No monkey boy, the issue is money. It is limited an we can not pay for everyone.

    You dems can pay for the nut job in Califronia that just added 8 premi's to the tax roll. Thats right we all pay. You dont need to pass an additional bill we already pay for all the lazy people who dont work and spit out unwanted children. Build a better village because while you liberals teach immoral behavior you want everyone else to pay for it. You reap what you sow

    February 4, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Larry of Massachusetts

    Tax and Spend. Spend and Tax. At a time when the economic pillars of the planet are falling down; the banking system in ruins' the US automakers on the verge of disappearing; millions of Americans losing their jobs; millions more losing their homes; amd everyone one on the planet losing their retirement, the Democrats keep on spending.

    One of two things are going to happen to this country when the Dems are through putting us into the Mother of All Deficits – (1) China will own the US and we will all work for them; or (2) the tax rate on middle America will be 80%.

    February 4, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Mark

    From Jon in CA: "Some things never change: Tax and Spend Liberals"

    It's a lot better than the "NO TAX and Spend like Crazy" Conservatives we have had for the past 20+ years.

    Republicans want tax breaks for the wealthy "No Taxes" and then they spend like college kids with their first credit cards. Republicans rack up massive debt and they expect it to MAGICALLY go away just like a college kid when they max out their credit cards.

    Then Mom and Dad, the Democrats, have to come in and do the MATURE thing and pay off the debt their kids, the Republicans, racked up.

    February 4, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Matthew Truth

    BOB,

    Yes republicans hate children, that is why we are all about abortion.

    I read that article about your girl Ashley Judd. All worried about a bunch of wolves but nobody in the Dem party has a problem with late term abortions. You people are a joke. I just dont want to pay for your problems.

    February 4, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Matthew Truth

    Bob,

    Republicans are not the ones promoting late term abortions.

    February 4, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    Yep, when it comes to spending more money and giving out entitlements to illegal aliens kids. You can only thank a democrat congress. Heck they don’t pat taxes so they have no problem taking your money.

    February 4, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Dan in NY

    I'm a Democrat, and a strong supporter of better health care for children. But this bill doesn't make much sense overall. It is entirely funded by a tax on tobacco products. The problem is that health insurance costs are on the rise, and tobacco use is steadily declining, so within a few years, there won't be enough money to pay for the healthcare these children needed. President Bush vetoed this bill. President Bush only did 2 things I ever agreed with – veto this bill, and leave the oval office! The bill should have made sure it drew taxes from someplace where they could be sure they would have the money to pay for the healthcare these kids so desperately need.

    February 4, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    BOB February 4th, 2009 3:22 pm ET
    Republicans hate children
    ---------------
    As opposed to the liberal left who just would rather abort them?

    February 4, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Willy Brown

    Yep, when it comes to spending more money and giving out to illegal aliens kids. You can only thank a democrat congress. Heck they don’t pat taxes so they have no problem taking your money.

    February 4, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. JH

    Sure.. We can spend 10 Billion Dollar a MONTH on a War based on LIES...
    But the GOP bocks at spending 7 billion a YEAR on helping children!!

    Plus.. The whole thing is financed by a Tax Increase on Cigarettes!
    Those who contribute to the Tobacco Companys by paying for Death Sticks are exchanging they're Drug Addiction money with giving Life to children.

    What could be better? (Unless your a Repub with stock in tobacco, or hooked yourself)

    February 4, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. nick

    How can any Rebublican, or Republican supporter, look into a mirror and actually vote against health coverage for uninsured children. Is this not a nation founded upon, "by the people & for the People"? My word, Republicans, what have you all become? Shame...

    February 4, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Willy Brown

    Yep, when it comes to spending more money and giving out entitlements. You can only thank a democrat congress. Heck they don’t pat taxes so they have no problem taking your money.

    February 4, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Obama 08

    Why is the GOP against healthcare for kids?
    That's sad...
    And now their goal is to tear down Obama like they did Clinton...

    February 4, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Democrats Out of Control

    The children of Liberal Dems will need to speak Chinese becasue they will be working for that country.

    The rest of us will need to learn to speak french as this country turns into a Socialistic state .......... and crumbles from within.

    I see a US in the future made up of 85% people of color –all working for countries who own the assets and corporations of this once great nation – China, Korea, Russia, Germany, and a host of mid east countries/

    To all the idiot Dems who cast the GOP as devils that eat children, destroy the earth, and do nothing but wage war -- do you all have a BIG surprise waiting for you when they move you to the trailer park with the 50 million illegal immigrants who just took all your jobs. YOu all may have health coverage, but the doctors will not speak english

    February 4, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Willy Brown

    why do you at cnn screen and block words that truly expresses what a dumpocrap is?

    February 4, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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