A bill to boost spending on children's health insurance by $35 billion sailed through the House yesterday 265-159, despite President Bush's repeated threats to veto it. The Senate is likely to approve the bill next week. The bill would increase the current children's health insurance program by $7 billion a year over five years and cover 10 million children.
The proposal has won bipartisan support and the backing of the health insurance industry. The White House has characterized the measure as the Democrats' stepping stone toward universal government-sponsored health care. "Who's against kids' health?" asked on GOP defender of the bill. "I'm baffled as to why the Bush people picked this issue to fight."