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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 976)

A vote is expected on Thursday, October 18, 2007, by the House of Representatives to override President George W. Bush’s veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 976)  [To view visit :  Full Text of Legislation].

Aimed at meeting the medical needs of children whose parents earned too much to qualify for Medicaid but whose income is less than twice the poverty line (or $41,300 for a family of four), the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) became law in 1997 as a result of a bipartisan venture between President Bill Clinton and a Republican-controlled Congress.

However, the purpose of this government-managed program was not to become a model for families with higher and higher incomes.   The original program has failed to reach many of the intended low– income eligible children, an estimated 500,000 to 1.5 million. As so often happens with federal programs in the early years, S-CHIP expanded beyond its original intent. Many states could not use all their federal funding for S-CHIP, so the federal government permitted excess funds to be used by states to extend coverage to children beyond 200 percent of the poverty line and even to adults.

This measure vetoed by the President is extremely flawed in three ways: first, illegal aliens would be able to obtain medical coverage under the S-CHIP plan; second, it is only 50 percent paid for; and third, it does not provide coverage to low-income children first. However, what should be most troubling to every American is that the State Children’s Health Insurance Program is the first step towards federalized healthcare or socialized medicine.

Additional Reading:

1.  State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)

2. State Children's Health Insurance Program Is Just Big Government Socialized Medicine

What Can You Do?  

1. Urge your representative to NOT SUPPORT  the  State Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 976).

Contact Information:      

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)  

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html    

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:    

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515  

Dear Representative (last name):  

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