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Obama signs health bill to insure four million more children

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 06 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b498
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Earlier this week President Barack Obama signed the state children’s health insurance programme bill, to extend healthcare insurance to about four million US children. Around 10 million children under the age of 18 years currently lack healthcare insurance.

    The bill was passed quickly by both the House of Representatives and the Senate after President Obama took office. A commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine (doi:10.1056/NEJMp0900461) said, “The rapid action underscored Democrats’ intention to reverse or amend many health policies put in place during the Bush administration.”

    President George W Bush had twice vetoed previous …

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