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HOUSE EASILY PASSES BILL EXTENDING HEALTH INSURANCE TO IMMIGRANT KIDS

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A few days ago I said this would be an indicator of whether we might see a more immigration-friendly GOP in the new Congress. Yesterday, the House passed by a 2 to 1 margin the SCHIP children's health insurance bill. A key provision in the bill changes the law to allow all legal immigrant children to access the program. To date, only children who have been permanent residents for five years can use the program. An estimated 4,000,000 new children will have access to health care and many of them are the immigrant kids previously excluded. Democrats voted overwhelmingly for the bill - 249 to 2. Republicans voted 137 to 40 against. The fact that the bill passed easily is important. And the fact that Republicans didn't make a big deal out of the immigration provisions in the bill is also noteworthy.

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  1. blueshield's Avatar
    That should tell us that these leaders have enough trust on SCHIP bill. I feel like even those in private health insurance venture must also be happy.
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    It is a tragedy that the party which prides itself in defending the unborn cannot do something decent for those already born even if those that are born are legally in this country. Guess they would have no problem if all of them are children of European migrants instead of Asian, Caribbean or Latin American migrants. As I have frequently said, the GOP panders to the white skin worshippers.
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