SCHIP - Congress, SCHIP, and Mayhew In his book Congress:...

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Congress, SCHIP, and Mayhew In his book Congress: The Electoral Connection , David R. Mayhew defines congress as “single-minded seekers of reelection.” 1 Because of their preoccupation of obtaining reelection, Mayhew explains that members of congress necessarily accentuate position taking, credit claiming, and advertising rather than policy making. Mayhew’s claim is shown throughout the recent bill to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). SCHIP was originally created in 1997 in order to provide health care for children in families with low income who are not eligible for Medicaid. A bill to expand SCHIP recently passed congress, but was vetoed by President George W. Bush. Although the Senate was able to overturn President Bush’s veto, the House of Representatives fell two dozen votes short to override the veto. 2 Thus far, the Democratic Party has publicly attacked President Bush’s veto and have already begun to use the bill to strengthen their campaigns, instead of trying to compromise with the President to pass the bill. The State Children’s Health Insurance Program has been able to provide millions of American children with health care over the past decade. Similar to Medicaid, SCHIP is run by individual states, while being federally funded. Several states, however, have been facing funding shortfalls. 3 In response to the budget problems with SCHIP and to 1 David R Mayhew, Congress: The Electoral Connection (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974), 5. 2
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course RLST 201 taught by Professor Elliot during the Fall '07 term at Kenyon.

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