S-CHIP May Not Be a Losing Issue for Republicans [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From USA Today:
WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans trust Democrats to handle the issue of children's health insurance more than President Bush, but they agree with the president that government aid should be targeted to low-income families, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows.
Two days before the Democratic-controlled House attempts to override Bush's veto of a five-year, $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the poll shows that opinions on the issue are mixed.
Fifty-two percent of respondents say they have more confidence in Democrats to deal with the issue, compared with 32% for Bush.
Slim majorities back two positions at the core of the president's opposition to the expansion:
POLL RESULTS: Children's health insurance issue
• 52% agree with Bush that most benefits should go to children in families earning less than 200% of the federal poverty level — about $41,000 for a family of four. Only 40% say benefits should go to families earning up to $62,000, as the bill written by Democrats and some Republicans would allow.
• 55% are very or somewhat concerned that the program would create an incentive for families to drop private insurance. Bush and Republican opponents have called that a step toward government-run health care.
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