Tuesday, February 10, 2009

John Kline Votes Against Keeping Children Healthy

Why does John Kline hate women and children? I know we've asked this before but without answer. This time Congressman Kline voted no on The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.

The Act expands the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and reauthorizes it through 2013. SCHIP currently provides health insurance coverage to 7 million children from low-middle income families that cannot afford private health insurance but are not eligible for Medicaid benefits. The program is jointly financed by the federal and state governments and is administered by the states.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the legislation’s increased funding would enroll in SCHIP 1.6 million children who would otherwise be unenrolled and uninsured, would prevent 1.8 million children from losing their coverage, and would enroll about 700,000 children newly eligible for coverage under the bill’s broadened enrollment criteria.

Expansion of SCHIP is crucial to ensuring that more children do not fall into the ranks of the uninsured as the economy worsens and states cut important programs in the face of severe budget crises. Indeed, 22 states including Minnesota have already implemented or are considering cuts that will affect low-income children’s or families’ access to health insurance.

It's funny how Kline votes to supporting tax cuts to the wealthy, giving tax breaks to corporations, funding war profiteers, and funneling trillions on the war but he's okay in NOT provide basic health care coverage to our children.

While in office the economy has deKlined, wages have deKlined, benefits have deKlines, our standards of living have deklined and if left up to John Kline, our children would deKline! Fortunately his no vote wasn't enough to keep others from doing the right thing and providing coverage to uninsured children.

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