NEJM article: The Fate of SCHIP- Surrogate Marker for Health Care Ideology? – by John K. Iglehart

NEJM article: The Fate of SCHIP- Surrogate Marker for Health Care Ideology? – by John K. Iglehart

To appreciate the power of the U.S. presidency — even when its current occupant’s approval rating is only 31% — one need look no further than the political brawl over the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). On October 3, 2007, President George W. Bush vetoed legislation that would have reauthorized SCHIP for 5 years, asserting that it was too expensive and would lead down a path to socialized medicine. On October 18, despite pleas by Democrats and some senior Republican legislators, the House failed to garner the necessary two-thirds vote to override Bush’s veto; the vote count was 273 to 156. In addition to many legislators, a large majority of the public, major private stakeholders, and 43 governors strongly support expansion of the program. By contrast, in an effort to appeal to the conservative base of their party, the leading Republican presidential candidates agreed with Bush’s veto — despite the fact that the program, though signed into law by a Democratic president, originated in a bipartisan compromise and was enacted by a Republican-controlled Congress. [ to read rest click on link above]

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