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.


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  • by Randy Location: Martin on Jan 15, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    Where will Obama get this money from, you guessed it higher taxes.
  • by jed on Jan 14, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    and KY voted Bush, how stupid was that. Finally some good things happening.
  • by Kellie on Jan 14, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    The democrats are getting it ready for the man to sign------I knew there was a God.
  • by Terri on Jan 14, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    Well my fellow democrats it looks like our new President will now come throught for the children of our country while Bush failed them.You can bet he won't veto such a bill like his predesesor.Thank God we only have 6 days of Bush left.

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