October 25th, 2007
05:30 PM ET
15 years ago

House passes scaled-back child health insurance bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a more modest expansion of a popular children's health insurance program Thursday, despite Republican complaints about a vote held while several members were visiting wildfire-ravaged California districts.

Even so, the 265-142 margin was short of the two-thirds margin Democrats would need to override another veto by President Bush, who killed a larger bill earlier this month.

Bush said the version he vetoed on October 3 would have encouraged families to leave the private insurance market for the federally funded, state-run program.

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  1. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Nice Job, Nancy. Take the vote while California Republicans are out of Congress on the ground helping wildfire victims. I guess scoring political points are more important than YOU being in your home state helping folks.

    October 25, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. bprossersme

    Which is what they were supposed to do in the first place, but decided to bamboozle poorly informed Americans with their switch-and-bait tactics. Irresponsible and childish.

    October 25, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. Frank Honolulu HI

    Should this health bill cover the kids in Iraq?

    October 25, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. demwit

    A fine example of bipartisanship from our over achieving 110th Congress. b)

    October 25, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    Cost of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars through 2017 deemed OK to pass on to future generations of Americans

    $2,400,000,000,000 Total for 14 years
    $40,900.28 per Iraqi/Afghani

    Cost of Insuring more American kids on SCHIP which is deemed too much:

    $30,000,000,000 total for 5 years
    $3,000 per American child

    Solution = Send American kids to Iraq and Afghanistan!

    October 25, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. David, Washington, DC

    So Congressman Boehner feels that somehow there was no compromise here? The new bill gives the Republicans exactly what they asked for: a cap on recipients' income, restrictions on eligibility for illegal immigrants, and an age restriction.

    What happened to all these Republican complaints about middle class Americans getting healthcare benefits? What happened to the criticism that immigrants are getting a free ride (as if we're not paying for their healthcare right now through the insurance system)?

    These disagreements are solved in the new bill. The only thing they have left to complain about is that they had to miss the vote because they were in California at a photo op with Bush and Schwarzenegger.

    Boehner and the minority leadership need to stop squeezing congressmen like Ehlers and let them vote their conscience. We're talking about sick children.

    October 25, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Doc, Rox, NC

    Bu$h doesn't want to see any lying, cheating insurers get screwed out of any profit opportunities.

    October 25, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. Daniel, NY

    Lots of other congressional news today:
    – NC Dems are finding a new candidate, while in Nebraska Fahey appears reluctant to run.
    – In the House, Patricia Madrid is NOT running for the House.

    October 25, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. Laura Niles MI

    Those Republicans were absolutely disgusting. They spent 2 hours whining about postponing the vote and then continued to repeat their mantra. I don't know why they are so concerned with the POSSIBILITY that a few illegal kids might get health care. They are perfectly willing to give Bush his latest request for $46 Billion dollars that is supposedly to SUPPORT THE TROOPS even when that includes aid to Mexico for the so-called "war on drugs". How about fighting the war on drugs by hiring enough border patrol agents to do it HERE? And make it a CRIME for Bush's buddies in the prosecutors office in Texas to prosecute agents for doing their job in favor of drug smugglers while your at it. I didn't hear HOW MUCH of the $46 Billion was going to Mexico, but "HEY REPUBLICANS? HOW EXACTLY IS AID TO MEXICO "SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS"? How much of that "Aid To Mexico" will really be used to hire attorneys to fight our immigration laws? Or is it really a personal pay off to Mexico's president for signing off on the North American Union? And how much interest will Americans have to pay on the loan that will fund that Aid To Mexico? How about standing up for America for a change instead of your personal interest?

    October 26, 2007 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  10. anita h., ,dover de.

    This is one of the lowest most vile move the Democrats have made. They rushed the vote when some republicans were away dealing with issues in California . The good news, kids is that this bill is not veto-proof. Bush will veto this socialist health care on Monday.

    October 26, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I wonder if this was the same exact bill that President Bush stated he would of accepted....yet the House chose to create banners and make this an issue....and add 35 billion to it....people are sick and tired of the lying...

    October 26, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. therealist

    When will our pitiful 110th Congress put away their partisanship and finally accomplish something for all Americans?

    October 26, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. demwit

    Oh...., is this the accomplishments Mike McCurry wants the Democrats in Congress to crow about??

    October 26, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Anonymous California

    The "politics" around this vote... a number of Republicans were not in Congress because they were in California supporting their constituents devastated by the wildfires. Pelosi was asked to postpone the vote until next week when everyone could be available for the vote. Nancy refused – saying the wildfires affected both Democrats and Republicans.

    This statement from Nancy was especially crass – considering SHE is a California representative.

    The Democratic Leadership – scoring political points even on the backs of wildfire victims!

    October 26, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Ann ME

    Excuse me! The "house" can't pass gas!

    October 27, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |

    please ANN ME, the house can't pass bills and all they do is pass gas. why do you think congress stinks so bad? if all you do is lay around and eat pork without doing anything constructive something bad always happens.

    October 28, 2007 04:21 am at 4:21 am |