Obama signs kids' health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling the State Children's Health Insurance Program "only the first step."

He's signed a reauthorization bill that extends health coverage to 4 million uninsured children. Obama calls the measure a "down payment" on his commitment to coverage for every single American.

At an East Room signing ceremony, he adds that "health care for our children" is the obligation of a "decent society."

The bill went to the White House fresh from House passage on a vote of 290-135.

The measure calls for spending nearly $33 billion more on the program, which now enrolls an estimated 7 million children. Lawmakers raised the federal tobacco tax as a way of generating that revenue.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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