Obama Signs Kids' Health Bill
SCHIP extension, twice vetoed by Bush, brings care to 4M, adds 62¢ to cigarette tax
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 4:28 PM CST
President Barack Obama and assistant Phil Schiliro walk to the Oval Office today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama today signed into law a measure that will bring health care to an estimated 4 million children, CNN reports. The $35 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, a move twice vetoed by President Bush, will be financed by adding 62¢ per pack to the federal cigarette tax. The bill passed both House and Senate in mostly party-line votes.