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Billions of Dollars Going into Children's Insurance Program

Billions of Dollars Going into Children's Insurance Program

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(KSL News) Two influential Utahns are facing off in Washington over children's health insurance.

The Senate Finance Committee has approved a 61-cent increase on the federal tax of cigarettes and tobacco products. The increase will fund a $35 billion expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Sen. Orrin Hatch is pushing for the measure. But Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael Leavitt is against the measure. He says the measure undermines the goal of an affordable health insurance market.

Leavitt has told Senate leaders the White House opposes the legislation and will veto it.

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