On August 2nd, 2007, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted 225 to 204 to add $50 billion over five years to a $25 billion program, which provides health care for children living in low income familes. The increase approved by the House would allow enrollment to almost double to about 11 million children. The money necessary for the expansion would come from increasing tobacco taxes and cutting government payments to insurance companies that provide health coverage through the Medicare system for the elderly and disabled. President George Bush hinted that he may well veto the increased health spending. Ideologically, Bush and his Republicans consider health care to be a commodity and they would rather see private health insurance deal with children's health.
Today, the New York Times reports that rather then veto the measure, the Bush administration "has adopted new standards that would make it much more difficult for New York, California and others to extend coverage to children in middle-income families."
So much for any 'christian compassion' from fundamentalist George W. Bush, or conservatives in general.-New York Times-Background from Boston.com - August 2, 2007