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Candidate Positions on SCHIP expansion

The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."

Question: On October 3, 2007, President Bush vetoed a bill expanding the SCHIP program, to provide health care to 10 million more children. The program is designed to subsidize health coverage for families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance. Do you favor or oppose the proposed expansion?
John KlineJohn Kline ANSWER OPTION: I am not supporting the proposed expansion of SCHIP, because it fails to put poor kids first and relies on reckless funding schemes. This bill the president vetoed is a huge expansion of a government program extending coverage to illegal immigrants and those already insured.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: I am pleased to continue to support health care coverage for children and the extension of the SCHIP program until we can reach a comprehensive, bipartisan agreement. I am not supporting the proposed expansion of SCHIP, because it fails to put poor kids first and relies on reckless funding schemes. This bill the president vetoed is a huge expansion of a government program extending coverage to illegal immigrants and those already insured. (More Info)

Steve SarviSteve Sarvi ANSWER OPTION: We simply must insure more people -- and SCHIP has been a very successful and popular program for doing so.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: More than 40 million Americans are uninsured, and many more are underinsured. Health emergencies are the number-one cause of bankruptcy in America. We simply must insure more people -- and SCHIP has been a very successful and popular program for doing so.