Monday, February 9, 2009

Children's Health Insurance

By Pin-Yu Liao

President Obama signed the bill that the expenditure of 32.8 billion will sponsor the children’s health insurance programs to assist uninsured 4 million kids starting next week. President Obama asserted regarding the health insurance plan, "a down payment on my commitment to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care." Lawmakers generated their bill expenditure by increasing the federal tobacco tax. However, some argue that the rising cost of federal tax will make life harder for the poor. The program targets the families who can’t afford to buy private insurance and the rich people who encounter difficulties to apply for Medicaid. All the Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee voted for the bill
The progress has been made that there are more than 7 million children who are covered with this program in the year 2008. There are many Republicans who did not support the plan, while the Democrats were advocates. Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa disapproved the idea of covering the children of legal immigrants who only stay in the U.S less than 5 years through Medicaid and SCHIP. The contract that the legal immigrants can’t benefit from the national welfare for the first five years in the country has been made.

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