The bitter battle over children's health care in Washington is threatening to punch a hole in the state's budget and calling into question medical coverage for 130,000 Illinois adults.No wonder there's likely to be a veto.
Late last week, Congress forwarded legislation reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program to the White House. But President Bush has vowed to veto the bill -- a move that could come any day.
Illinois has a lot at stake, as 170,000 children and 130,000 adult residents currently get health insurance through SCHIP. Last year, the federal government paid more than $400 million to the state for those services.