Wednesday, January 7, 2009
House Democrats plan to give President-elect Barack Obama an early victory on health care with a vote next week on legislation to expand a children's health insurance program.
The legislation will look similar to bills the House and Senate twice approved in 2007. President Bush balked at the additional $35 billion in spending in the bills as well as the method of payment — a tobacco tax. House Democrats could not muster enough support to overcome Bush's two vetoes.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says a vote will occur Tuesday or Wednesday. The program provides health insurance for children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford coverage.