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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?
Michael CumminsMichael Cummins ANSWER OPTION: I oppose it, because there were too many who were going to be pulled into the program that were not supposed to be included.

Jim OberstarJim Oberstar ANSWER OPTION: I am greatly disappointed that President Bush vetoed the SCHIP expansion bill and that Congress was unable to override this important health care initiative.