Children’s health measure highlights Bush hypocrisy

by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist

President George W. Bush has promised to veto a funding increase for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP, one of the federal government’s most successful programs. It provides preventive health care to millions of children and reduces expensive emergency health-care costs. Bush cited the funding increase as fiscally irresponsible and berated Congress for “an irresponsible plan that would dramatically expand this program beyond its original intent.”