US Congress fails to override Bush veto on children's health insurance

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:846
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The US House of Representatives failed by just 13 votes to override President Bush's veto of a plan to renew and expand the state children's health insurance plan.

    The plan covers about 6.6 million children in families who earn too much to qualify for help from the Medicaid programme for poor people yet cannot afford to buy health insurance, as well as some pregnant women and some adults in disadvantaged families.

    Both the House and the Senate had passed a bill increasing spending for the programme by $35bn (£17bn; €25bn) over the next five years …

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