Friday, October 05, 2007

Sinking SCHIP

You should know by now that the president has vetoed the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides low cost health coverage to poor families and children. He says it's because the program is akin to socialism. Or did he invite the kids to eat cake? I haven't had time to read the specifics.

One thing that I am happy about is that one of our chief residents at Children's Hospital in Seattle wrote a letter for us medical students and interns to sign and send to the one Washington State congressman who voted 'no' for SCHIP. Ironically, his name is 'Doc' Hastings. (He's not really a doctor.) Anyway, consider looking up who in your delegation voted 'no' and calling their staffs or emailing them to ask them to change their votes. The house is about 50 votes short of an override, as I understand it. The house is holding off until Oct 18 or so to build grassroots support for the override. You're the roots! Yes, You!

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