October 17th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Majority of Americans support SCHIP

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows a majority of Americans want Congress to override President Bush’s veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, otherwise known as SCHIP.

The House will vote on Thursday on whether to override the veto. The poll shows that 61 percent of Americans want Congress to override it, while 35 percent do not.

"The bill that Bush vetoed appears to be nearly as popular among moderates as liberals,” explained CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Conservatives are in the president's camp with only 43 percent support overriding the veto."

President Bush held a news conference Wednesday morning, and explained why he vetoed the bill saying the White House was not engaged in developing the bill, “we weren't dialed in. And I don't know why. But they just ran the bill and I made it clear we weren't going to accept it.”

The program provides health insurance to children in families with incomes too great for Medicaid eligibility, but not enough to afford private insurance.

The Bush administration has decried the spending increase primarily supported by Democrats as unnecessarily subsidizing middle-income people as part of Democrats' "goal of government-run health care for every American."

The poll was conducted on October 12-14, 2007 with a sample size of 1,212 adult Americans and a margin of error of +/- 3 points.

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Filed under: Congress • President Bush • SCHIP
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    I don't really have a problem with it, considering most of our tax money goes to Iraqi knob polishers and investigating Senator Craig instead of to the people who need it. I suspect that the worst thing that could come of this is middle-income families getting their kids tested for health problems. Guess what, folks? Most kids could care less who the president is!

    October 17, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Joe L. Mendoza, Houston, TX

    I think expanding the CHIP Program is a bad idea; it creates a larger burden on our taxes. Either make health-care universal or only provide it for those with very-low incomes. You can't spend money without having it be paid from somewhere. Think of this, would you be okay in having your taxes raised to pay for the SCHIP bill? I wouldn't, mostly because there are too many special interests attached to it; one including the building of a health care facility in Montana. How does that help the children of the nation as a whole, and not just Montana?

    These are things that need to be settled before it should pass.

    October 17, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |

    The diabolical republicans are showing their callous hearts. They will vote at their own peril to uphold the President's veto. I say, go ahead, you will pay the price for you arrogance Nov 08. Republicans are willing to allocate billions for Iraq but want to penny-pinch and parsimone on American children.

    October 17, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Huh?? I think there needed to be some "qualifying" questions – i.e. what is SCHIP? What is the current funding of SCHIP...and who is covered? And the classic – how would you feel about a large goverment program that covers people up to age 25....and who make up to 83,000? (maybe they just called the list of far left bloggers with their heads in the sand??)

    October 17, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Sue, Michigan

    $80,000 sounds like a lot of money, but the reality is that if you are not making that money from a corporation, you may not have health insurance, and private insurance is very costly. A single friend of mine makes about $50,000, and she squeaks by. She has prescription coverage only, at $200/month, because full medical would be $700 just for her! There has to be a better way, and I'd be curious to know about some of the people he thinks this would cover...and what their lives are like. I doubt they live in huge homes, drive SUVs or take expensive vacations.
    If there are abuses (Bush mentioned adult taking advantage) can't those loopholes be closed? Just seems like it's his same "my way or the highway" rhetoric. He says he wants to find a compromise, but he really means that Congress must capitulate totally to what the Decider has already determined is best for us. Makes my skin crawl!

    October 17, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Curtis, Indiana

    Man I'm really glad I'm not conservative. It must be so hard to be a conservative these days with your leader constantly making himself look like a total clown.

    October 17, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Doug, NYC


    Good going, George.

    October 17, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Fred Endicott, New York

    Bush seems to have plenty of money to kill people in Iraq, yet no money for our children with medical needs. Shame!

    October 17, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. David, Dallas Tx

    I'd prefer my tax dollars go to pay for more healthy American children.

    Bush would rather my tax dollars (and borrowed cash from foreign nations) go to pay for a war that has killed more Americans than all terrorist acts combined.

    Since I don't get to choose how my tax dollars are spent, I guess for the time being they will continue to pay for American death.

    Maybe when a Democratic president is elected, Congress can revisit SCHIP, and my money will go towards saving American children’s lives and promoting American children’s health.

    October 17, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    CNN go poll people who arent registerd ligs, go ask people who dont want to socialize any part of healthcare because the idiots in washington cant seem to get out of their way. Govt run programs: immigration, doin great. wellfare, awesome. the war, hows that goin. all we need is for govt to be in charge of one more aspect of our lives. when will it stop, if the dems have it their way, it will stop when they have complete controll over you the victim. Im not rich, in fact im very poor, and yes im white, I dont want govt telling me when i can see a doctor. right now if i want to see one i just schedual an appointment. stop suing doctors everytime they say something you dont want to hear, and watch the price of healthcare go down.

    October 17, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Heck yeah, I support the bill! If we got money to waste on Iraq, we certainly have the money needed to expand SCHIP.

    October 17, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. joseph, austin, tx

    to start i dont like bush. however this is just an attempt by the dems to socialize everything. they want complete control of your day to day lives, and this was the start. CNN 1212 people do not reflect what the whole of america wanted. If I wanted to I could do a poll that would show the majority of people want to reestablish slavery, just need to ask the right people, kind of like CNN did. Im not rich, and i am still opposed to this. the govt cant run one program right, social security, immigration, the war, are just acouple of examples showing how these idiots cant do anything right. if i need treatment all i have to do is make an appointment, dems want all the power over the victims in the US and this is how they want to start socialism here. Go bush for having the testicular fortitude to veto this plan.

    October 17, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. JDS N.C.

    Most will not approve when they find out that lower to middle class families will be giving out welfare to them. I am at the fringe of the $82K and call me cold hearted but I will take care of my own kids health insurance.

    October 17, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. David, Tulsa OK

    That's not a surprise, given the spin put on the story by the media (CNN included). Who will say "no" to the question "don't you want healthy children?"?

    Well, that plus the fact that more and more Americans are simply interested in what they can get for free - in the case of SCHIP, health insurance.

    It would be interesting what the results would be if the point was made that Congress wants to spend tax dollars on people earning 3x the poverty level and already covered by private health insurance.

    October 17, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Rodney Dallas TX

    Majority of Americans also voted for Al Gore in 2000 but majority doesn't seem to rule anymore. What happened to democracy when whoever got the most votes, wins?

    October 17, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. therealist

    A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll..

    Well that’s enough for me. Reading polls that use corrupt polling techniques is not worth my time..

    October 17, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Christian, Tampa FL

    If the veto is not overridden, then the actual representation of the electorate in the House can be called into question. When 61% of the people want something to be passed, it really ought to be passed.

    October 17, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. spinstopper

    If the Democrats now see the middleclass as people who make between $80K – $250K..., then I will be expecting a MUCH larger tax refund this year.

    October 17, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Henry Tucker, Ga

    CNN/Opinion Poll – 1212 people.

    LOL... noooooo, CNN doesn't have any agenda!

    Didn't Hillary's shoe come untied? Aren't there more comments you could cover about Hillary from her appearance on "The View"? Can't you run ANOTHER article about Obama being Cheney's cousin or a Larry Craig's sex scandal???

    Stand firm Republicans – don't over-ride the veto! Let the Democrats be the responsible party to usher in Socialism.

    October 17, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Robert, Vivian, La

    At one time in this country's history, the majority of Americans supported slavery, genocide against the Native Americans, the internment of Japanese-Americans, the current Gulf War, etc, so is what the majority says always right?
    Were our founding fathers wrong for preventing majority rule in our republic?

    October 17, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    Why just cover children? Us older people need healthcare more than the young ones do.

    Everyone should sign onto HR 676- Medicare for all- co-sponsored by Dennis Kucinich and John Conyers that would give REAL Universal, not-for-profit healthcare for ALL- children and adults alike.
    We could pay for it using the tax dollars that would have been going to the corrupt insurance companies, who should have never gotten our healthcare put into their hands since their only interest is profiting from NOT giving healthcare.

    October 17, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Mia


    That's it...since the poll doesn't support your view, discount it as corrupt. This is how American's deal with things, and this is why things don't get done.

    October 17, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Mia

    Why do conservatives even BOTHER? If CNN is promoting a liberal agenda, why aren't they whining about it on the Fox Opinion Channel?

    October 17, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    When 61% of the people want something to be passed, it really ought to be passed.

    Posted By Christian, Tampa FL : October 17, 2007 1:35 pm

    In the 45 or so states that have voted against gay marriage, all have been overwhelmingly against it, so should we pass that into law as well?

    October 17, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Mi-again

    Apparently conservatives are perfectly fine with profit hungry insurance companies running our health care system. How is a double digit increase in my premium not considered a tax increase. Instead of getting it up the chizzle from the government, the working class is getting it up the chizzle from the insurance companies. Hurts either way.

    October 17, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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