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. children come first

    All Children are GOD'S children, legal or illegal.

    They are innocent and deserved to be treated kindly. It is the human thing to do.

    Those who think angrily towards "spending liberals" instead of thinking kindly of children should go pick up a bible, read it, and really think about what it means to be a CHRISTIAN.

    Where is the party of values? Shame on you.
    CHILDREN COME FIRST.

    February 4, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. John

    Tax and spend liberals: Bad.

    Borrow and spend conservatives: Worse

    February 4, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Baze

    I'm a Republican, but the party is just bloated with idealists, racists, recluses, and narrow mindedness. Is this how America is supposed to continue to be the greatest nation in the world? By sitting around for a perfect plan for everyone of the same color, same mindset, and same anti-social behavior? You know what, the party really is all about "more of the same".

    February 4, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. legal in nc

    Funny how the article doesn't tell the full story of the bill which will provide health care to illegal children here in America. Why when America is struggling economically would you support giving services to people that are not here in America legally???

    What do you have to gain from that,,,,,, OHYEAH that's right,, more votes for democrats.

    You are only thinking about yourselves and not your children or grandchildren when you support junk like this. What a shame!

    February 4, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Thanks Dems

    Thank you Dems! Good job. It's about time some common sense prevailed.

    February 4, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The GOP Mantra: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!!!!!!!

    We are afraid – of the GOP!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Shannon

    GOP need an exteme makeover! They say yes to wallstreet but no to our childrens. Figures...

    February 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    The Stimulus bill contained millions for smoking cessation programs. Where is the funding for SCHIP coming from? Increased federal taxes on tobacco products. Does anyone else see the irony here?

    February 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Patty from Pennsylvania

    When I was a kid, my father was unable to get a fulltime job for almost 2 years. He had been part owner of a business and his partner embezzled so they went bakrupt. But he worked 2 and sometimes 3 part-time jobs, janitorial, parking cars, that sort of thing because he had a wife and 7 children. But he was unable to pay for health insurance. So all of our needs were met by a wonderful family doctor who refused to take any money and the county health department. You're not gonna see docs like that anymore and the government needs to step up and take care of kids.

    For those naysayers who say, they can get free health care, just go to the emergency room....it costs YOU 3 times as much as it would cost to have preventive care. Fot those of you who say we are "wasting" our tax dollars on illegals who make no contribution.....what happens to the Social Security taxes and sales taxes they pay??

    February 4, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Dont blame me

    This bill is a FIASCO the way it is written.

    The only reason that Bush vetoed it in the 1st place was because it allows children of families making over $80,000 per year to be insured while not insuring that the children of the poorest of the poor are covered 1st.

    Too many states did NOT DO THEIR JOBS in getting the poorest of the poor covered and now they want to open it up to people who can afford it??? And this bill will also cover some single ADULTS that can afford to get insurance themselves.

    Cover the POOR ist!!!!!!!

    STUPID STUPID STUPID

    February 4, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Just a Candid Observer

    Sigh, gotta love people that comment on a story and don't read the bill. Before you cry and scream that the repubs "hate children" educate yourself and find the bill and read it. CNN won't put the content of the bill because it wouldn't fit with their political leanings.

    Come on people. Stop being sheep for a political party and think for yourself! Now that is Change you can believe in!

    February 4, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. P. Y.

    Why is anyone surprised about anything that the republicans do ? They are only for the rich and BIG business. It is one thing when you have enough money that you can handle any medical emergency. In that case you do not need any type of insurance to help you. It is another thing when you do not have this kind of backup system. The majority of Americans need help with their medical needs and that is why they have to continue to vote the Republicans out of office. Either they are for the good of the country or we don't need them in office. The Republicans big hope is to frighten Americans about the thought of Universal Coverage. Who do you think they are being paid by to do this ? Could it be all of those lobbyists out there ? Do your homework. Look into how well Universal Healthcare is working in Canada and England and you will find out that it really works well.

    February 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Peter

    Are there no prisons? Are there no work houses? Let the poor and their offspring eat cake. I want to keep more of my money. Screw the rest.

    February 4, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    Hmm, would Jesus refuse to pray with someone if they were an illegal alien? Would Jesus refuse to treat a sick child because their mother was in the country illegally? No, but Jesus wouldn't be elected to anything either, we'd stone that degenerate socialist, right Rush?

    February 4, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Meaganini

    How many illegal immigrant children will be among the 11 million more to be added to SCHIP? And how come only smokers are being forced to pay the added sin tax to fund the bill and not alcoholics too who after all are a far bigger cost to society in health and social impacts?

    February 4, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Seth

    Great, more benefits for illegal immigrants.

    February 4, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Smart people

    @ Lush Limprick the new RNC chairman

    Perfectly put...I was thinking the exact same thing, just wasnt sure how to put it.

    February 4, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. TjayeInLA

    Republicans all over the nation are fainting at the idea of children without trust funds having access to doctors, physicals and dental care as if they were equal human beings.

    February 4, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Lillie

    Great! At least our children will be covered....thousands of people are being laid off with no healthcare coverage for themselves or their children......Republicans just don't get IT!!!!! Do they really think WAR is the only thing that puts country first and makes them more patriotic? ummmm

    February 4, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. petchia-FL

    Reply...
    Democrats Out of Control
    Get the hell out if you don't like it here. We won!
    Our Kids comes first in this country it's the least they deserve especially from all the republicans starting with you who voted for that ignorant President we just had for eight years, and is sitting home so proud waiting for his reward in history. Not! Never, Nunca, Nuit!
    Got it. good!

    February 4, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Bafun

    @ worriedmom

    ...and Jesus said to share, not to make "charity", to share, to help the poor. I am sure you are a good christian and go to church on sunday. Unfortunately it is for sure the raeson your are not prepared to help poor immigrants. They are also hard working and earn very little. they have just the misfortune to be born in an country where poor people are very poor and just want to have a little bit of better life. God is unfair.

    February 4, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Dylan from MN

    Yep, Republicans sure are the party of God, I bet Jesus would vote against giving health care to kids too. Get out of here with your hypocrisy.

    February 4, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. David

    The house seem to be the only Dems that's using their power earn during the election. In nov. the people spoke loud saying they wanted the Dems to run the gov.

    February 4, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. alvino

    The republicans are pro life until a child is born. Then they feel the child should be neglected.

    Speaking of pro life, over 95,000 civilians were killed in Iraq in the Bush/Cheney war, but that is OK because they were not fetuses.

    February 4, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. rick

    I believe the liberals here misunderstand what a lot of Republicans feel. Its not that they don't want to help the kids but is it right to pay for illegals who aren't supposed to be here in the first place. I see most of the readers here are supporting socialism–can you name a country that has a successful socialist government? And could someone please tell me how government will pay for this when many will quit smoking because they can't afford the tax increase?

    February 4, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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