Assignment 4

Assignment 4 - Assignment 4 1) The recently vetoed...

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Assignment 4 - 1 - 1) The recently vetoed Children’s Health Bill proposes to increase funding to government funded children’s healthcare through revenues raised by an increase in the tax on tobacco products. The bill, HR 976 proposed a forty billion dollar increase in the budget for government funded children’s healthcare, a program called SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program). SCHIP was created by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and was originally intended to allot twenty billion dollars to uninsured children. Although Bush vetoed the bill, he also stated that he is willing to compromise with Congress and increase the budget for children’s healthcare. He did not give specific figures, but mentioned that he would like to increase funding for the program. The bill would have added 4 million children to the 6 million children already insured by SCHIP over the course of the next 5 years. In order to raise the additional funds needed for the proposed expansion of SCHIP, this bill would have raised the federal excise tax on cigarettes in ever state from $.61 per pack to $1 per pack, a substantial increase. The bill that was vetoed did not specify an income ceiling for those eligible for SCHIP, nor did it specify whether illegal immigrants would be eligible for the program. The SCHIP expansion bill passed in both the House and the Senate; however the House does not have enough votes to override the president’s veto. President Bush stated that his reason for vetoing the bill is that it would extend free government health insurance to families who can afford private health insurance, and
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2008 for the course PSYC 190 taught by Professor Roberts during the Fall '07 term at UCSD.

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