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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

10/9/2007

IL Representatives Made a Big Mistake

IL Representatives Voted "NO" on SCHIP

Your Representative made a big mistake and voted "NO" on SCHIP.

Why? Maybe because they've heard some of the misconceptions about what CHIP does? Or maybe because the President convinced them not to stand by this monumental bipartisan legislation? Whatever the reason, it's time to correct a big mistake.

In order to override the President's veto of CHIP, we need your Representative to change their vote next week! Your Representative is a moderate that should be voting for kids.

Some of the Illiniois Representatives are current champions of crucial legislation for child welfare, yet they voted against giving basic health care coverage to low-income children in Illiniois. This doesn't make sense!

Judy Biggert (R-13th) Voted "NO"

Tim Johnson (R-15th) Voted "NO", but introduced crucial kinship legislation with Rep. Danny Davis, and then votes "NO" for kids health?

Peter Roskam (R-6th) Voted "NO"
Jerry Weller (R-11th) Voted "NO", but has sponsored a bill to extend IV-E dollars for child welfare agency staff training - where's the consistency here?

ACTION REQUIRED

CALL
Call your Representative right away.
U.S. Capitol Switchboard 1-800-828-0498

E-MAIL
To send an e-mail, visit
* CHIP is focused on enrolling eligible low-income children.

* CHIP is not government-run health care. CHIP provides private health care to people who cannot afford to purchase it themselves, but it does charge premiums and co-pays.

* NO STATE currently covers children at $83,000, and CHIP does NOT raise the eligibility level in states to cover families up to $83,000.

* CHIP severely limits eligibility for adults.

* CHIP does NOT provide coverage to illegal immigrants.

* CHIP is a combination of the best private and public approaches to providing health coverage for children.

BACKGROUND

Set the record straight! Correct any misconceptions, and tell your Representative that they have one more chance to get this right. Call your Representative and tell them to override the Preisdent's veto and to vote for kids next week!

The President has vetoed CHIP. But Congress has the last word.

What's Next
The bill returns to Congress next week for a vote to override the President's veto. We need a two-thirds present majority to override the veto in the House, and we're still short about two-dozen votes.

Your Representative could make the difference in this fight for kids! Tell your Representative the REAL FACTS about CHIP!


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