Wednesday, July 25, 2007

SCHIP is a No-Brainer, Maybe that is why Republicans are a against it

Here are a couple of articles about the SCHIP program that provides health care to uninsured children. In Iowa the money from SCHIP goes to fund the HAWK-I program.

I didn't think anyone would be against kids having health care coverage, but it looks like Republicans are trying to come up with reasons to be against this.

Children's Healthcare is a No-brainer

President Bush is vowing to veto the bill, even though Republican and Democratic senators reached bipartisan agreement on it. The bill adds $35 billion to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program over the next five years by increasing federal taxes on cigarettes.

The conservative Heritage Foundation is against the tobacco tax to fund SCHIP, saying that it “disproportionately burdens low-income smokers” as well as “young adults.” No mention is made of any adverse impact on Heritage-funder Altria Group, the cigarette giant formerly known as Philip Morris.

GOP Digs in on Opposition to Children's Healthcare
Representative Diana DeGette, Democrat of Colorado, a leading proponent of the House bill, said: "For the longest time, I was mystified why Republicans would oppose expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program to kids who are eligible but not enrolled. Now I realize. They are trying to deny us a political victory. They want to be able to say that Democrats can't get anything done.
Please contact Sen. Grassley and urge him to support SCHIP and to override Bush's veto.

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