Children's Health Care Plan to Get Increased Funding

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

House Democrats plan to give President-elect Barack Obama an early victory on health care with a vote next week on legislation to expand a children's health insurance program.
The legislation will look similar to bills the House and Senate twice approved in 2007. President Bush balked at the additional $35 billion in spending in the bills as well as the method of payment -- a tobacco tax. House Democrats could not muster enough support to overcome Bush's two vetoes.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says a vote will occur Tuesday or Wednesday. The program provides health insurance for children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford coverage. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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