Bush Blasts Dems' Expanded Child Health Bill

Prez threatens veto despite bipartisan support in Senate
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2007 3:28 PM CDT
President Bush gestures as he takes questions during his press conference at the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush threatened to veto a children's health insurance bill today, knocking Democrats he said were politicizing the issue by moving too far toward universal health care. The Senate last month passed an expanded "S-chip" program that would cover an additional 4 million children currently uninsured, the New York Times reports. The expanded program would require an additional $35 billion.

Bush said the best approach is to "put more power in the hands of individuals. Instead of expanding the S-Chip beyond its original purpose, we should return it to helping poor children." Congress' bill exceeds Bush's plan by $30 billion over five years. Bipartisan support in the Senate is sufficient to override a veto; not so in the House.