Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Democrat's SCHIP has sailed

MacRanger notes the Democrat-led Congress gave up trying to bloat the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). President Bush and the Republican minority wanted to increase the program moderately (some might say conservatively) but the Democrats wanted a ridiculously high $35B increase, wich the president vetoed. Twice.

Another defeat for the do-nothing Congress.
“The Democrats’ yearlong fight to boost federal spending on children’s health insurance ended with a whimper Tuesday.

After coming up short in their efforts to enact a $35 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) — enduring two presidential vetoes along the way — congressional Democrats signed off on Republican demands to extend the program until 2009.

Rather than expiring just before the presidential and congressional elections next year, SCHIP will keep running through March 2009 under the plan originally conceived by House Republicans and hashed out by the Senate Finance Committee and Senate leaders late Monday.

MacRanger noted: Rep. John Boehner’s leadership on this is noteworthy. If only Republicans had this much leadership in 2005, 2006, this never would have been an issue, as we would still be in the majority

Food for thought, Republicans.

My other posts on SCHIP:

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