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House Passes SCHIP Expansion

Yesterday, the House passed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expansion by a vote of 265-159. The bill enjoyed some bipartisan support, although Republicans accounted for only 45 of the votes in favor and almost all of the votes against. Unfortunately, this is a bit short of the supermajority needed to override President Bush’s…

Congress appears to be on track for another major standoff with President Bush. The Washington Post reports today that the House and Senate have reconciled their differing versions of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP) expansion and will be voting on it this coming week (Tuesday in the House, Thursday in the…

There’s been quite a bit of blogging lately about HIV denialism, so I thought I would take this opportunity to write a little bit about HIV denialism in South Africa–a subject that gets mentioned pretty often is rarely discussed in much detail. I spoke about this topic in my talk on Wednesday, though, because it…

Although the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP) passed in both the House and the Senate earlier this month, the Bush Administration has once again decided that it prefers to preempt the Democratic process. President Bush had already promised to veto the legislation before it had even come up for…

After the House passed its expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program on Wednesday, the Senate passed its version late Thursday. Although the House version passed along party lines, against strong Republican opposition, the Senate version enjoyed more bipartisan support, passing 68-31 (although all 31 “no” votes came from Republicans, with no Democrats voting against…

House Passes CHIP Expansion

Here’s some good news from Congress, where the House of Representatives yesterday passed HR 3162, the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007. This is the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP or SCHIP) that I’ve been blogging about recently. For more information on CHIP check out these previous entries. CHIP…

Take Action on CHIP!

As I’ve mentioned previously, the Senate Finance Committee is considering a $35 billion expansion to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP), which is currently scheduled to expire in September. Incredibly enough, President Bush has already declared that he will veto such a bill. This is the same president who, just a year…

The Corpus Callosum has more on the currently unfolding CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) fiasco: In the context of the pro and con lobbying over the proposed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, pharmaceutical companies decided to join the pro side. After all, if more children are insured, more of them will get…

Like Governor, Like Health Care Plan

What is big and flashy, capable of generating plenty of press, and claims to be the solution to all (or at least a sizeable chunk) of California’s problems? (a) Arnold Schwarzenegger (b) his new health care proposal (c) all of the above You can decide for yourself, but from my perspective, the bold new semi-universal…

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is a matter of British pride, despite some minor shortcomings. Strong on preventative and routine medical care, the NHS has on the other hand been criticized for its long waiting lists required for more involved procedures. The BBC reports today, though, that the NHS is making progress in this…