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Second Children's Health Bill Makes Significant Changes to Focus More Heavily on Poor Children: Changes Answer Criticisms of Earlier, Vetoed Bill

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The bill includes substantial changes from the bill the President vetoed in October (H.R. 976) that directly address a number of concerns raised by the earlier bill’s opponents. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the new bill would cover nearly 4 million uninsured children by 2012, at a cost of about $35 billion over five years, fully offset by an increase in federal tobacco taxes.