As promised, Bush vetoed the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) earlier today. As the AP notes (in an article with a glaring typo in its title), “The White House sought as little attention as possible, with the president wielding his veto behind closed doors without any fanfare or news coverage.”
Yeah. Duh. This is one of the more hardheaded and heartless things that the Administration has done yet, so it’s not surprising that Bush would try to slip it in under the radar. Just tell that, though, to the 3.3 million kids who would have been added to SCHIP under the expansion, and to the 6.6 million who currently rely on the program… which, by they way, has already expired (as of the end of September).
The Senate has enough votes to override the veto, and the House isn’t too hopelessly far off. Let’s just hope that some of these Republicans still holding out can grow a heart and/or some balls and stand up to the President on this one.