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Democrats fail to overturn SCHIP veto

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Democrats have failed to overturn President Bush's veto of the SCHIP. That's the measure that would have expanded federal health care insurance for young people. A compromise version of the bill is still a possibility. Before the override of President Bush's veto failed Thursday morning on Capitol Hill, the battle over expanding SCHIP reached a fever pitch. Rep. Albert Wynn (D-MD) said, "Greatness is measured by if we can provide health insurance for 10 million children." Rep Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) said, "Rather than admit that the veto was wrong, the president has embarked on a misinformation campaign." SCHIP covers over six million kids whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford private insurance. An overwhelming majority of Americans were in favor of expanding the program to $60 billion over the next five years. But Mr. Bush argues it would be a step towards socialized medicine. "Now it's time to put politics aside and seek common ground to reauthorize this important program," Bush said. In the end just enough republicans sided with the president. Rep. Steve King (R-IN) "SCHIP stands for Clinton-style Hillary-care for Illegals and their Parents." Up until the very end House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued to lobby for the bill. Pelosi said, "We want our members to vote as if the lives of American children are at Stake, because they certainly are." It's now back to the drawing board on Capitol Hill and the White House, as lawmakers try to hammer out a new compromise.

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