Obama Signs SCHIP Bill

President Barack Obama signed the SCHIP bill today, which extends health coverage to 4 million uninsured children. Obama called it “a first step toward fulfilling a campaign pledge to provide insurance for all Americans.”

As I think everybody here will agree, this is only the first step,” Obama said of the bill that reauthorizes the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“Because the way I see it, providing coverage to 11 million children through CHIP is a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American,” he said to applause before turning to the economic recovery bill.

“It won’t be easy; it won’t happen all at once,” Obama said. “But this bill that I’m about to sign, that wasn’t easy either.”

The SCHIP bill has been a longtime priority for Dems on the Hill. I’m glad to see these pushed through and happy that Obama didn’t waste anytime in signing the bill. Bush had vetoed this twice in ’07… There’s times when 5-day rule things just don’t need to apply.

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2 Responses to Obama Signs SCHIP Bill

  1. Lyn says:

    It is not the first step. It is just another bump on the downhill slide we’re on. Before you ladel out any more praise on Obama show this bill for what it really is – it’s just a directive forcing STATES to find ways to pay for insuring kids. That’s it. The hard work, tough decisions and the sacrifice are going to be done by states and taxpayers who are already overburdened by feeding, educating, and sheltering people who can’t afford kids but continue to have them anyway.

  2. bev says:

    Well, this is just one more step in treating cigarette smokers as second class citizens! I really was hoping that President Obama would be the one to play fair with everyone. It appears I was wrong. I just don’t see what is fair about saddling a “specific” group of citizens with the additional cost of providing health care for uninsured children. An additonal 4m no less. This is an additional cost for a “specific ” group that is unfair taxation. Seems to me, this cost should be shared by “everyone”. If the SCHIP is to be funded by taxation, it should be a tax on something that “everyone” buys,,,,,like toilet paper! I guess President Obama feels hurting a select group of citizens is better than putting a burden on all citizens! If will agree to this type of unfair taxation,,,what else can we expect in the future.

    I know everyone will not agree with this line of thinking(like non-smokers), but I am sure there is a large majority of citizens that do agree!