House Votes to Expand Health Care for Children

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 4 million more children would get
government provided health care under a bill the House has passed.
Democrats are calling the bill a down payment on President-elect
Barack Obama's goal that every child get medical care, as well as
all adults who want it. Departing President George W. Bush vetoed
similar legislation twice in 2007.
About 7 million children from working families with too much
income to qualify for Medicaid now get government-provided health
care. To pay the $32 billion cost of insuring 4 million more
children, the bill increases cigarette taxes by 61 cents - to a
dollar a pack. The Senate plans to begin working on a similar bill
Thursday. Some Republicans complain the House bill covers up to
600,000 non-citizen children of legal immigrants.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus


2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Register for Email
RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 37591059 -
Gray Television, Inc.