February 4th, 2009
01:50 PM ET
14 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. Dawn

    You guys are nuts, Remember for 8 years the Republican party ran the show SCHIPS was vetoed by Bush last year. Remember one thing, to pay for this if you smoke it' a federal tax on cigarettes so if you smoke you will pay .62 cents more.

    February 4, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Jon Davis

    "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."

    But I thought there were still about 180 GOP House members. That would be ~45 who voted for it.

    February 4, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Jose

    Voting against children's health insurance is like voting against Mom and apple pie. The Repubs are so out of it that it's startling.

    February 4, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. HouseDiva

    you republicans are disgusting..you claim to be Christians; yet you complain whenever your "tax dollars" wants to be used for the sick, and poor; rather than bombs, and bullets.

    you claim to be "pro-life;and freedom" yet all your party is for death, destruction, ignorance, greed, lowering the quality of life, big government and big spending....no wonder you lose.

    February 4, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Brian

    Robin wrote:

    "See Dems, you can get your point across without being hate-filled."

    Hey Robin, try telling that to Republicans.

    February 4, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Jeff W.

    As usual the Republicans are on the wrong side of every issue people care about. Gee, I wonder why they lost so badly?

    February 4, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. RJ

    SCHIP is a scam.
    I'm all for helping children get medical care, but put a law in there that will VERIFY they are LEGAL U.S. citizens!
    This bill as written is a waste of taxpayers money.
    This is why Republicans voted against it.
    It has nothing to do with not wanting to support our fellow Americans in times of need.

    February 4, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. the idiot

    Big ole liberal giveaway, that is for the "children." Bet ACORN and the unions are in on it in some way.

    February 4, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Marc PTD

    But only the rich will be taxed, right? BTW, what's the definition of "the rich" nowadays?

    February 4, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Anni

    Let's get to the bottom line. It would cost $1,200 to provide insurance coverage for a child. It would cost $7,000 to treat a preventable sickness without insurance.

    To everyone that believes SCHIP is a waste, read Matthew 25:40.

    February 4, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. John

    Nobody is *for* abortion, dimwits. This act will help the victims of rape and incest that you care not about.

    February 4, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Mike,Texas

    The new Obstructionist party dosent want anything that helps the Average Joe.Its all about the rich getting richer.You might call health care socialism but to someone who's sick its called Health Care.

    February 4, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Give The GOP H@#l Party

    Good, roll right over the GOP. That's what they get for putting a moron in office for EIGHT LONG YEARS. Give em hell Dems, we're with you.

    February 4, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Nola

    I would like to know if most of the anti SCHIP writing on this blog – know how much a monthly premium for a family is? Would you believe that it can be as much $500 to $600 a monthly. If you find a low premium – you will have a deductible from $1,500 to $2,000. If you don't have the monthly premium how can you afford to pay the deductible? This is not a free program – the parents have to pay a monthly fee. Those that are unemployeed or covered by medicaid. A whole different program

    February 4, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. EC

    REPUBS are really something else. YOU SCREAM OUT against abortions and SCREAM OUT AGAIN against paying for the millions of children who are born without healthcare!!

    Which is is? This is so typical of the GOP, they wave their "bibles" whenever it's convenient for them, but when its NOT, then they SCREAM and THROW A TANTRUM like a spoiled and confused brat!!

    Don't start complaining about other people's children or other people HAVING children o WHY other people should NOT have children. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda....

    YOU are either FOR PREVENTIVE PREGNANCIES (safe and legal abortions) OR YOUR NOT, and if your NOT, then don't complain when the realities of your decisions hit your pocketbooks!!! Uncle Sam does not care about your rationale, EVERY CHILD has a right to healthcare.

    February 4, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Robin


    Less then 4% of abortions are due to rape, incest, birth defects.

    The other 96% is due to poor planning.

    February 4, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    Hello Cuba, we're following right behind you.

    February 4, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Evelyn in Texas

    Janna, you are correct in saying, "The Republicans only care about kids *before* they're born." Once they enter into this world they're on they're own with the Republicans. Can the Republicans do anything for the people without putting party first? Please God, help the Republicans think of others instead their party. Help them not to be so hypocritical.

    February 4, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. former schip dr

    As a doctor the problem with the SCHIP program is that is filled with waste and it is incredbily hard to get the treatment the children needed. I treated children for over the last five years on this program and half the time the treatment was denied. I have dropped my name from the list of doctors because of the problems I had with the program and the frustration I had. The problem is that while I treated these children as my civic duty, many of my colleagues are droping the program also.
    Particularly in my state (texas) I would see children that could not speak English but there parents did. In reality it was most likely a family member from Mexico seeking and getting treatment on our tax dollars and there is nothing we can do about it. There is no way to prove if they are US citizens are not because there is no way to identify them as eligible. This is the reality in the borders states including the northern states. This fraud is costing you millions .
    Healthcare is in more trouble than you think because one day you will not have enough doctors to treat you because doctors will quit or not see the patients in a national healthcare program. Already I know of 25 doctors in my area that opted out of medicare.
    This is my calling and I will still be here but you may not have someone to take care of you when you are older and your children and your grandchildren.

    February 4, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. 2Young2Vote-OR

    LOL, that's a huge majority
    America has spoken!

    February 4, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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