“Republicans are working on a plan that will provide access to all Americans to high quality health insurance, make sure that we increase the quality of insurance that we have in American, and we want to foster a sprit of innovation,” said Boehner on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is a plan we’ll see over the next coming months where we put the patients in charge of their health care.”
Republicans have taken a beating on SCHIP, the $35 billion measure that would expand health insurance for children. The fight quickly turned nasty as Democrats ran campaign ads attacking Republicans who voted against the bill in their home districts.
Bush vetoed the bill two weeks ago. And Boehner said Republicans will sustain in that veto on Thursday, when Congress votes on an override.
Even if the veto holds, SCHIP isn’t going away anytime soon, say Democrats. If vetoed, Democrats will reintroduce a new version of the bill, said House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.). “In the end I think we will add 4 million children to health care,” Hoyer said on Fox, where he appeared after Boehner.
- Lisa Lerer