N.J.'s Corzine to Defy New Health-Care Rules Fight Grows Over Changes in Children's Program
By Christopher Lee Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, September 14, 2007; A04
Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine informed President Bush this week that New Jersey will not obey federal rules that would make it harder to enroll middle-income kids for a popular government-subsidized health insurance program.
. . . New Jersey's action comes against the background of a larger debate over the $5 billion-a-year program's future. The Senate and the House have passed legislation that would dramatically increase funding and make it possible to sign up millions of children for coverage.
Bush has sought a much smaller funding increase and has promised to veto either bill, saying they would inappropriately enlarge the federal role in health care. The program, which serves 6.6 million kids, will expire at the end of the month if Congress does not reauthorize it or pass a temporary extension.
Bush's bullying tactics are coming apart at the seams. It has yet to be seen if he vetoes the coming child health insurance compromise, whether he will hold enough votes to sustain.
If he does not, health care may well be the crack in Republican ranks that brings down his ability to hold hostage a wealth of other more populist legislation