SCHIP ACTION ALERT:
SCHIP expansion legislation, which was vetoed by President Bush, will be returning to the U.S. House the week of October 15th. Leadership in the House has been working to secure enough votes to override the veto. In North Carolina only five members of Congress voted to support the expansion of SCHIP. That means ten members of Congress voted against expanding health insurance to children in our state.
We need your voices to help the House of Representatives override the Presidential veto of SCHIP.
If you live in the following House members districts we need you to call them.
Representative Bob Etherdridge (D, 2nd District)
Representative McIntyre (D, 7th District)
Representative Hayes (R, 8th District)
ASK to be connected to the office of McIntyre, Etheridge or Hayes.
*To change their vote against kids into a vote for kids.
*Please vote for uninsured children in our district and vote to override Bush’s veto of the expansion of the children’s health insurance program.
*Children with special needs are currently served by SCHIP and we need to serve more children with special needs. This expansion legislation will help make that happen.
*A 61 cent increase in the federal cigarette tax to fund the program means 3-4 times more money for NC in increased funding for children’s health insurance than we will ever lose from the increase in the cost of cigarettes.
*NC farmers and quota holders are in the process of getting over $11 billion in direct payments from the tobacco buyout and the national tobacco settlement. Isn’t it about time we helped children – especially of workers in other industries who are losing health care?