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Bush Vetoes Child Health Bill

President Bush vetoed a bill Thursday that would expand government health insurance to cover more children.

Both Republicans and Democrats objected the veto, said the New York Times. The Senate has enough votes to override the veto, but the House is short 20 votes.

In a move that showed Bush's anticipation of the protests, the bill was vetoed quietly and without the publicity that accompanied some of Bush's other vetoes, the New York Times reported.

According to the Washington Post, the bill would have covered children whose parents made too much to qualify for Medicaid but could who could not afford private health care.

Bush said he was worried that the move would have been a step towards a "federalist" insurance system and that he was willing to set aside some money to help the "poor children," the Washington Post reported.

The Washington Post article was somewhat longer and talked a lot about the political strategies that led up to the current situation.