When Can We Say “Goodbye, Mr. Chimp”?


The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was created to provide health insurance coverage to children who might otherwise not have access to coverage. The program was created in 1997, and provides federal funds to states, with the states creating and administering individualized programs.
SCHIP was created by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, and enacted Title XXI of the Social Security Act.[2] The program initially allocated roughly $20 billion over five years to help states insure more children, and SCHIP plans have been approved in all 50 states.[3] The program allows each state to provide health insurance to children under the age of 19 who are not already insured, and each state sets its own guidelines. The program primarily benefits children whose families earn too much to be covered by Medicaid, but too little to afford health insurance. Roughly 6 million children fall into this category and receive coverage.

From the Chicago Tribune:

WASHINGTON – On a 265-159 vote, a broad House majority gave final approval Tuesday night to a $35 billion expansion of the popular children’s health insurance program, with members from both parties brushing aside a stern veto threat from President Bush.

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The compromise package would expand the $5 billion-a-year children’s health insurance program by an average of $7 billion a year over the next five years, for total funding of $60 billion over the period. That would be enough to boost the program’s enrollment to 10 million, up from the 6.6 million, and dramatically reduce the ranks of America’s 9 million uninsured children, supporters said.

The compromise worked out between the House and Senate has gained support from the health insurance industry, the AARP, the American Medical Association, governors from both parties and numerous children’s health advocates.

But Bush and GOP leaders said the measure would push children already covered by private health insurance into publicly financed health care, while creating an “entitlement” whose costs would ultimately outstrip the money raised by the bill’s 61-cent increase in the federal tobacco tax.

If you are interested, you can see who voted yea and who voted nay on H.R. 976 here. From The Trail at the Washington Post:

Alexandria, Va.: Did any House Republicans facing tough races next year vote against the SCHIP bill yesterday?

Jonathan Weisman: An excellent question. I noticed that Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.) voted against it before he noticed all his colleagues voting for it. He then switched his vote. Jim Saxton, another Jersey Republican under Democratic attack, did vote against the bill, as did Thelma Drake of Virginia. But 45 Republicans voting for it is a real sign of how tough an issue this is.


Chicago: I just saw that SCHIP passed the house with 8 Dems voting against it. Can you identify the eight Democrats who voted no?

Jonathan Weisman: Sure, Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Betty Castor of Fla., Bobby Etheridge of NC, Baron Hill of Indiana, Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Jim Marshall of Georgia, Mike McIntyre of NC., and Gene Taylor of Miss. Boren, Hill, Taylor and Marshall are conservatives who probably didn’t like the tobacco tax. The North Carolinians were obviously voting with their tobacco farmers. Castor and Kucinich felt the bill didn’t go far enough, especially a provision insisted on by Senate Republicans that blocks access to S-CHIP for legal immigrants.


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13 responses to “When Can We Say “Goodbye, Mr. Chimp”?

  1. gottagrip

    Isn’t “compassionate conservative” an oxymoron?

    Or am I just confused because Bush is stubborn as an ox and a moron?

  2. nonnie9999

    gotta, not only is it an oxymoron, but it is a total fabrication as well. i think that you are correct. you know how a lot of companies that make cleansers now use oxi or oxy to denote oxygen in their products that supposedly makes the cleanser stronger? it is the new mega- or maxi- or super-. so, yes, chimpy is megamoron, maximoron, supermoron.

  3. Friend of the court

    The “new and improved”, fool for the ages. Bush has proved that nothing is fool proof.

  4. nonnie9999

    but thank goodness our childrens is learning. 😆

  5. Friend of the court

    What the test, test and more tests method has done to the quality of public education, is another major crime. Taking time for anything that is not preperation for tests seems, almost, subversive.

  6. nonnie9999

    i agree, fotc.
    and, by the way, it might not be a big deal to you, but it is a milestone to me. your comment was the 1,000th comment here at hr!!! 😀 i’m not sure what to do to commemorate the occasion. am i supposed to give you my refrigerator or a year’s worth of turtle wax?
    how about this:

  7. Friend of the court

    Oh this is exciting!!!! Does the refrigerator come with food or, at least some icecream ? My turtle is alergic to wax. The honor of being part of this milestone is enough for me. 🙂

  8. gottagrip

    I bow before your greatness, Fotc. May your comment history be enshrined for all eternity. Instead of giving her the refrigerator, nons, how about just printing out her comment and taping it to the door? You can honor it every time you open the door that way…..

  9. Friend of the court

    I know, I know! How about making me a Trusted User?

  10. Friend of the court

    I mean a Trusted User of the refrigerator. I promise never to drink milk out of the carton.

  11. nonnie9999

    not only do you get trusted user status in the fridge, but you get first dibs on the extra meatloaf i made tonight (not to be immodest, but my meatloaf kicks ass!!). and there is plenty of ice cream! as for the turtle, how about a little nail polish for her toes instead of the wax?
    gotta, i don’t need a print-out. i think of you guys everytime i open the fridge door and think of how, if i ever get to meet you guys, i have to lose at least 10 pounds first. 🙂

  12. gottagrip

    nonnie, you’ve seen my pics. I’d prefer it if you put on a couple of extra pounds, instead…. 😕

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