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Candidate Positions on SCHIP

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?
Michele M. BachmannMichele M. Bachmann ANSWER OPTION: Oppose. The program has become politicized, and Congress recently passed legislation to expand SCHIP coverage beyond children, beyond U.S. citizens and beyond those who are truly in need, and ... that is where the problem lies.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Bachmann Star Tribune Editorial (More Info)

El TinklenbergEl Tinklenberg ANSWER OPTION: It's time for us to get serious about universal health care, beginning with expanding SCHIP to cover every American child.