Democrats advance expanded health care for children, while Louisiana Republicans vote no

January 15, 2009

What a difference a Democratic president and a Democratic majority makes. It’s a new day in Washington, D.C. for children’s health care – but the same old story for Louisiana Republicans. After President Bush’s previous vetoes derailed expansion of the SCHIP program, the SCHIP expansion passed the House on Tuesday, signaling the commitment by the new administration and Congress to improving health care. Democratic Third District U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon was one of 289 legislators supporting the increased funding for SCHIP; the end result is 4 million more children are eligible for health care.

However, Louisiana Republicans are content to keep repeating the failed vision and policies of the Bush administration. With the notable exception of freshman 2nd district U.S. Rep. Joseph Cao, the rest of Louisiana’s Republican congressional delegation voted against expanding health care for children. Besides Steve Scalise and Rodney Alexander, the trio of Charles Boustany, Bill Cassidy, and John Fleming all voted no on expanding SCHIP — and they’re all doctors, making their votes even more inexcusable.

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