Friday, October 19, 2007

MI Republicans Vote to Refuse Poor Children Health Care

I'm not exaggerating. Here is the list of your Congressmen who voted against the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (SCHIP). If reauthorized, the Bill would cover millions of low-income children and would cost taxpayers $35 million, which would be raised through a 61 cent increase in federal taxes on smoking. There are more details attached by link. The President vetoed the Bill and the vote was to overturn the veto. Considering the unemployment rate in Michigan and the many Michiganders who fall below the poverty line, one would think that this would be an issue all Michigan legislators could agree on. Unfortunately, many Michigan Republicans voted down the Bill. All Michigan Democrats voted to support the Bill and millions of disadvantaged children. Thank you Vern Ehlers, Candice Miller, and Fred Upton for voting your conscience and being the only Michigan Republicans to support this important legislation.


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