Democrats Not Pushing Children’s Health Insurance

by Ethan Calvin

Democrats in the House of Representatives have let down children’s health insurance advocates twice now. But the Congressional Democrats say this will not happen ever again.

The expansion of SCHIP is not being pushed by the House Democrats because they think it will not be passed. “We are not going to change any votes on the children’s health insurance bill. We still don’t have enough to override a veto, ” is what Representative Rahm Emanuel is saying.

We’re thinking that the Democrats are banking on Illinois Senator Barack Obama winning the presidential election in November. Senator Obama is a supporter of expanding SCHIP, and he’s even gone as far to say he’ll push for a federal mandate that all children have health insurance.

Republicans think that expanding SCHIP is too expensive as well as a step toward “socialized medicine” which they do not favor. Democrats counteract that Republicans do not wish to insure children. “Those who opposed this bill can face the voters and explain why they believe 10 million kids should not get health coverage,” states representative Emanuel.

The SCHIP debate has been pretty heated and almost fully partisan on Capitol Hill, so it will be interesting to see how voters respond in the Health Care Campaign 2008.

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