Update on SCHIP legislation...7 short to over ride veto, but the Senate could offer this support...BD
The US House of Representatives has voted to pass a bill to extend state supported child health insurance in defiance of a threat by President George W Bush to veto it. The vote, cast yesterday, was 7 votes short of the the two-thirds majority needed to overturn a presidential veto and comes only one week after a vote on an earlier draft of the bill also failed to do so. Representatives voted 265 to 142 in favour of the bill to extend the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover nearly 4 million more children whose families cannot afford private health insurance, but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, the federal health insurance scheme for the poor. This would bring the total number of American children covered to 10 million compared to the current 6.6 million.