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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

10/9/2007

Representatives Made a Big Mistake

Those That Voted "NO" on SCHIP Have One More Chance

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.

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

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

ACTION REQUIRED

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

*E-MAIL
To send an e-mail, visit Web link

MESSAGE

Tell your Members of Congress the REAL FACTS about CHIP, and tell them to OVERRIDE THE PRESIDENT'S VETO!

*CHIP adds $35 billion to the program over the next five years to cover the 6.6 million children who are currently enrolled, plus the 4 million additional children, a majority of whom are already eligible but not enrolled.

*CHIP does not "expand" the CHIP program - it limits the program eligibility more than current law.

*CHIP is focused on enrolling eligible low-income children.
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 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.

*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

What's Next

The bill returns to Congress NEXT WEEK for a vote to override the President's veto. We need a two-third's 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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