February 4th, 2009
01:50 PM ET
5 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. Mark, MO

    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 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    Tax you till you puke

    February 4, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. RinFL

    There is no good reason that a representative would vote agains this bill. Who do they "think" that they represent? Really the republican party is digging shovel fulls of their future dispair. Some day they will all get tired of their digging party to find themselves in the bottom of a very deep hole. If they keep it up history will fill in the dirt behind them.

    February 4, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. tigerakabj

    That's right GOP. This is the next step towards universal health care. Come 2010, more of you obstructionist are going to be sent packing.

    Countdown til the next Rush/Hannity/Fox News robot starts screaming "socialism" like they actually know what the definition is.

    Furthermore, the Obama administration will really give them something to cry about when he brings on the war tribunals of Bush Co.

    February 4, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Liz

    The illegals will be estatic!

    February 4, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Alan

    Wait a minute. Now I understand. Religious right-wing conservatives continually gripe about abortion being legal and they don't want healthcare for all the unwanted babies being born as a result.

    Perhaps we should just turn them loose on the streets so Sarah Palin can hunt them down in helicopters later, when they join gangs and are lost to society?

    February 4, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Darko

    This bill is as bad as the previous one the tried to pass. I includes many that are already eligible through other programs. It also includes those that can already afford it. Thus it's only helping a handful and enticing many more to jump on the govt entitlements that they could otherwise afford.

    A good bill (that the GOP would support) is one that targeted the few that either can't afford it and or not eligible through another program. Thus cutting the cost by nearly 70%. But who cares...money is cheap.

    February 4, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Dave

    Glad to see CNN reporting on the Nancy Pelosi gaffe! If it had been Palin it would have been breaking news!

    "500 million jobs lost every month"

    February 4, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Big Al

    Hey there "The Future" –

    Reality is this country is broke with little hope of prosperity in the future.

    The Dems just said to parents, don't worry, even though you make $80 grand a year, let the government provide your kids with health insurance. Hell, well just print another batch of money.

    What ever happened to "paygo"?

    February 4, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Janna

    The Republicans only care about kids *before* they're born. And as for the cigarette tax: You chose to smoke, you can choose to quit. I did.

    February 4, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. tigerakabj

    Very good news this is. That's right GOP. This is the next step towards universal health care. Come 2010, more of you obstructionist are going to be sent packing.

    Countdown til the next Rush/Hannity/Fox News robot starts screaming "socialism" like they actually know what the definition is.

    Furthermore, the Obama administration will really give them something to cry about when he brings on the war tribunals of Bush Co.

    February 4, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Jacque Bauer

    Yes – more dependents!

    With the Dem's desire to make about 60% of the country non-taxpayers (and hence forever in support of higher and higher taxes and more and more public wealfare), you would think that we were the most impoverished nation on earth, rather than the wealthiest. Every person that is not in REAL poverty (not the false defintion given by Dems), should pay at least SOME income tax. In that way everyone is vested in having an efficient, well run government, not a fatally bloated 'Obama-state'.

    February 4, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. John

    Obama isn't GIVING children anything. We are paying for this. We, the tax payers will be paying for health care for millions of children who are here illegally and for children who's parents can afford insurance, but still take the free healthcare "handout" from the government. I hope you are ready for higher taxes, because they are coming.

    February 4, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Marie ..the independent

    aaah yes, good old repugs voting against this TOO..they dont have any children waiting for this bill, but I DO..I am so glad to see this has passed and have no doubts the Repugs will vote against ewverything...some bi=partisians they are !!

    February 4, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Tough Lady, NC

    Republicans the party of no. If they don't plan on doing anything but vote no on everything why don't they go home. Some of them represent poverty stricken districts. Yes there are poor Republicans that need free health care, unemployment checks, welfare and help from the governmrent. paying their rent.

    February 4, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. karen-Phoenix

    Republicans are too old and too rich to have children so they do NOT care!!! Disgusted former republican!!!

    February 4, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Stop Making the Party Problem Worse Media

    The media needs to stop with the hostile and catty article headings. They are only amplifying this hostility between the parties.

    The Dems probably were not trying to show their strength...americans all know they have it in the House already. Why make that the focus. Stick to the facts, media.

    A republican.

    February 4, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Repuplicans voted against giving health insurance to our nations most vulnerable – poor children. This is just plain cruel. 2010 can't come soon enough. Get rid of these self-serving, insular cold-blooded reptiles!!!

    February 4, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Patty in the CA mountains

    Do the Republicans realize that the voters of this country are watching their every move? Children in the USA having medical coverage should be a no-brainer. Instead the Republican party has, for years, made it an extravagence; something their children are entitled to, but certainly not available to the children of shiftless Democrats.

    And for Jon in CA.....the government grew larger under GWB than any time in the history of.....see DHS and TSA...whatever....the "tax and spend" argument is no longer valid....Bush spent more than ever....cept on the wrong stuff....it's time to get back to taking care of America rather than a few elite friends of George.

    February 4, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. karen-Phoenix

    Republicans are too old and too rich to have children so they do NOT care!!! Disgusted former republican!!!

    February 4, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Noah

    So many uninformed Liberals here. You ignorantly post "Republicans hate children" because you fail to investigate the way this bill is structured. It is actually detrimental to just as many children as it is supposed to protect. There are better ways to provide children with healthcare than this waste of taxpayers money. Liberals sure love to spend everyone else's money stupidly. Liberals want you to believe that paying taxes is patriotic yet the very leaders of their party refuse to pay their taxes. HYPOCRISy is how you spell Democrat.

    February 4, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. D in Phoenix

    I don't know why we couldn't let the private sector handle this.

    Oh yeah, they're too busy stuffing their pockets with bailout money.

    Why is everyone crying socialism when kids are getting health care, but somehow millionaires spending government money for naming rights of stadiums and Super Bowl parties escape your ire?

    February 4, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Independent_me

    Republicans are anti- family, and anti-children!

    February 4, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Leviticus

    Mepublican's

    ME ME ME
    ME ME ME
    ME ME ME
    ME ME ME
    ME ME ME
    ME ME ME

    ...ME....
    Get the picture I am painting here?

    February 4, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Veteran in Kansas

    About time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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