I wanted to start a thread where we have an informed discussion about SCHIP, which is the program that helps poor families by providing health insurance to their children. This program was recently put up for expansion, which the president vetoed. Obviously, for some people, this has struck a nerve, whereas for others, it was a sensible move considering the details related to the expansion. What I want to do in this thread, is discuss those details, and the pros and cons involved. I would like to have an informed discourse here, and not some name calling, Save the Children! type rant. I've maintained that I, and I'm sure most others in here, would like to help the most needy of children with their health coverage. However, wanting to help them, and inturn using that guise to expand government beyond what's necessary, is that with which some of us are opposed to. Since SCHIP has become so topical, I've slowly tried to inform myself about it's details. It's a long bill, something like 465 pages, so there is alot to cover, and many angles to consider when you rely on articles to offer perspective. Anyhow, anyone want to discuss the specifics of the bill, where it went wrong, or what should have/be done to get it right?