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.