The massive expansion of this program originally touted as "for the children" was taken off life support and expired early this morning, according to sources close to the "patient:"
"After coming up short in their efforts to enact a $35 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) — enduring two presidential vetoes along the way — congressional Democrats signed off on Republican demands to extend the program until 2009."
This is good news for poor children, whose health coverage was jeopardized by congressional efforts to cover middle class adults. With this new agreement, it looks like our Fearless Leaders on the Potomic (FLotP©) have kicked this particular can a little farther down the road.
Of course, this doesn't mean an end to congressional efforts to gut the point of the program, but it certainly buys the children, and taxpayers, some time.
[H/T: Michelle Malkin]