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Poll finds strong public support for SCHIP bill

October 17, 2007

Two-thirds of U.S. adults oppose the president’s veto of legislation to reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to cover more uninsured children, according to a poll last week by National Public Radio, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health. When told the legislation’s cost, the number of new children who would be covered and how it would be paid for, seven in 10 Americans said they backed the plan. More people were worried the bill would not go far enough to cover kids (55%) than that it would cover children whose families could afford health insurance (33%).