Children's health insurance in jeopardy as US Congress battles Bush

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 27 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:637
  1. New York
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne

    The US president, George Bush, opened his press conference last week by announcing that he would veto bills that would renew and expand the US state children's health insurance programme (SCHIP). The programme was passed earlier this year by the House of Representatives and the Senate, with wide support from Democrats and Republicans. The federal programme, which has been going for 10 years, was to expire on 30 September.

    The House and the Senate passed different bills. As usual, they reached a compromise bill last weekend, on which they were expected to vote on Tuesday and Thursday.

    A presidential veto can be over-ridden by a two thirds vote in both House and Senate, but it is not clear whether …

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