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. St Louie

    What exactly is there to vote AGAINST here?

    February 4, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Obama Victim

    ys.....give some more money away

    February 4, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Laverne

    Amazing, they won't even support health care for children. This is further proof they are going to buck against everything this administration does, but know they can't win which will explain why they are throwing a temper tantrum over this stimulus bill. We will see who will get the last laugh!

    February 4, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. worriedmom

    Will you Liberals be the same people who start complaining when you find out that most of this health insurance will go to illegal children whose parents don't pay taxes!! I am all for every child, LEGAL, having health insurance but come on, you guys are pathetic with your "you lost, I won" attitude. You are not for the country, you are just for soothing your pathetic hatred for anyone who doesn't agree with you. Try to start working to unite the country, not to fulfill your self induced hate.

    February 4, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Mississippi Mike

    Yay, more of my hard-earned tax money is going to into the pockets of people who don't pay taxes. The sad thing is that most of this additional funding will go to illegal immigrants and people who could afford insurance on their own. I really wish Democrats would stop trying to hide the fact that they are moving us toward a totalitarian socialist state and just get it over with.

    February 4, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Laverne

    Amazing, they won't even support health care for children. This is further proof they are going to buck against everything this administration does, but know they can't win which will explain why they are throwing a temper tantrum over this stimulus bill. We will see who will get the last laugh!

    February 4, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Dianne

    Congratulations, Mr. President.

    A Children's Health Care Bill to sign. A Bill Congress passed twice and President Bush vetoed twice.

    Change WE Can Believe In.

    Just leave the "Grand Obstructionist Party" behind in the dust. You've reached out a hand. Enough is Enough!

    February 4, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. phili

    I am sick and tired with the republicans. I don't why any of them got elected in office for because they refused to do the work of the people who got them elected.

    February 4, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Geeque - Chicago,IL

    REPUBLICANS HATE CHILDREN, If that bill was for funding programs to allow more people to own guns, they all would have voted for it. The truth of the matter is, Republicans hate the future of this nation which is our children.

    February 4, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. the idiot

    Another abused entitlement program that the socialists have said is for the children to make those who are against it look bad. It is available to people with health insurance making over $80K and of course to illegal immigrants who should not be able to vote, but ACORN has them voting anyway. Another give away of my hard earned money.

    February 4, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Open Your 3rd Eye

    MORON REPUBS STILL DON'T GET IT.

    WE VOTED FOR THESE PROGRAMS TO BE IMPLEMENTED ON NOV 4 2008, YET YOU STILL VOTE AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

    ...AND THIS IS WHY YOU WONT STAND A CHANCE, AGAIN, IN 2012.

    KEEP UP THE GAMES, I DARE YOU.

    February 4, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. RJ

    So how are they going to pay for this program once the numbers of smokers drop due to higher taxes? Arkansas is proposing a new tobacco tax plus this 0.61 increase from the Feds. How will it be afforable to smoke.

    February 4, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Doug

    Nothing like wasting money in barak-acy so that it doesn't benefit anyone rather than the money actually making a difference (those who make it spend it rather than libby wasting it).

    Face it, if everyone had great healthcare, made a good amount of money, and were self dependent, then no one would ever vote Democrat, they would vote republican. This is why demos talk the talk but will never solve any of the problem they claim to want to fix, it would destroy their party (why they actually look to make things worse). Just look at any area that has consistantly elected Democrooks (ie Det-riot), high poverty, hopeless, people normally addicted to some substance.

    February 4, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Dianne

    Congratulations, Mr. President.

    Providing health care for millions of children otherwise not covered is honorable. This is a measure President Bush vetoed twice.

    CHANGE We the People Can BELIEVE IN!

    February 4, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Lush Limprick the new RNC chairman.

    You repubs are hypocrites.

    First you scream every woman should have a baby and then you vote to deny them health care IF they are not born to RICH WHITE folks, like say the half-wit's unwed daughter that is a high-dropout!

    Besides, if you do not provide the health care to get them to the age of 18, just who will provide the cannon fodder for your fascist and imperialistic elective wars??

    February 4, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Honestlady, the reason people would vote against SCHIP is because it requires a lot of us to pay not only for our own kids medical expenses but a portion of the expenses of total strangers. The docs don't work for free, nor do the hospitals, and if the parents don't pay for their kids expenses, someone else has to, and that simply isn't fair to the "someone elses."

    If you can't afford to take care of your kids, you shouldn't have had them–and having kids you can't take care of is basically a form of child abuse. All SCHIP does is reward irresponsible child-abusers.

    February 4, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Tony - Fla

    Well, I see that we are a nation that is going to push for tax increases on groups that have chosen an unhealthy habit. Why stop there, I see also that NY has imposed a tax on non-diet soda, lets keep going, let have a tax on all fast food, after all that contributes to health issues. That is the way to go after all, that effects kids’ health more than smoking. We should also tax all those who have fireplaces for all the pollutants into the air that the children breathe. As a matter of fact lets invade Mexico and all off South America and Asia to recover funds from them for the children of these countries that we are going to support under this. What is going to happen when the smokers quit because they can't pay for their cigarettes, another bailout? Where is the money going to come from? If smoking is that bad ban it, don't use it to pay for pet programs, or even better, don't have kid you can't pay for.

    February 4, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Peter (CA)

    @HonestLady–

    You know I don't know if it is Republicans in general or the right wingers who do such things.
    They seem to be living in this paranoia that money is being taken out of their pocket and given to "THEM".

    This is why rabble rousers like Rush are so popular. That guy has gotten more press in the last 3 weeks than he has in the last 8 years. That's because he can now reach out to the angry and the paranoid and tell them that he understands them and he will be their champion.
    We all know that all government spending has a certain amount of waste in it but the right wingers use that as a reason to cut all spending that does not meet their test for what looks right.

    February 4, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Plot IT

    I'd like to see the curve that plots a Republican's respect for the health and well being of a human being as a function of the human's age.

    February 4, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Tracy K

    Matt said:
    Universal Health Care is coming GOPers…get out your anti-socialism diapers and start filling them…

    Yeah, and let me know how THAT works out! Our government is SO good at running things, our healthcare is just what I want them in charge of! God help us!

    February 4, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Jackie

    Mississippi Mike, it's better to take care of American children with taxpayers money that the billions of dollars spent on a useless war. Republicians vote against everything that's good for the country.

    February 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Meg in FL

    Did I read “spend, baby, spend?” Well it’s more like “take, baby, take.” Guess you’re one of the “what’s in it for me takers.”

    I found early in life, that the Republicans won’t do anything for the middle class much less for the poor, so why should I believe anything they say. It’s what they do that makes me see the light. And I do see the light at the end of the tunnel….soon the Repugs will be fossils, as most are that now.

    February 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. H-Town

    If there is anything to help out the common folk the GOP is always against it.

    February 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. worriedmom

    To: open your 3rd eye & Geeque
    You voted for it on Nov 4th , not me. Also Republicans don't hate children, that is how simplistic you are. Republicans and most sane Americans hate having their wages and hard earned money go to Illegals that are not contributing a dime to programs.
    Maybe you should just vote to have all Liberals pay for all these programs out of your hard earned money and leave us alone to support our family and friends!!!!!

    February 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Bob in Pa

    I love it !
    When a Bill passes it is due to Democrats "ttrength".
    But if it fails it is because the Republicans "blocked" it.

    February 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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