The SCHIP debate is on. A filibuster-proof, veto-proof 68 votes in the Senate! A majority in the House–225 votes!
California advocates need to work on the California Republican delegation, which unanimously voted against the CHAMP Act, voting against the health care of our seniors and children. If those Congressmen actually voted in our state’s interest, we could play a major part in getting the veto-proof majority needed.
There’s still August recess for the two houses to hammer out differences and send President Bush a renewal for SCHIP that will fully fund the effort to cover all eligible children. Much more work to do, but a strong start.