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DCCC Targets Obstructionist Republicans over SCHIP Vote

by: mooncat

Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 10:55:42 AM CDT

Our Congressmen enjoy health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, with premiums subsidized by their employer -- that would be you and me. 

In spite of the great health benefit they enjoy, all of Alabama's Republican Congressmen voted against the SCHIP bill to provide 5 million American children with health insurance and improve Medicare for 44 million seniors and people with disabilities.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Chris Van Hollen announced a new radio ad campaign against some of the obstructionist Republicans who tried to block the SCHIP bill. "This August we're going district by district to urge Republicans to stop obstructing progress," Van Hollen said. "Republicans who continue to vote in lockstep with President Bush and against children and seniors in their districts will be held accountable."

The drive time ads began Monday and this week will be heard during news, weather and traffic reports in the following districts:

   * Jim Saxton (NJ-03)
   * Bill Young (FL-10)
   * Vern Buchanan (FL-13)
   * Tom Feeney (FL-24)
   * Calls will be made in Richard Baker's (LA- 06) district.

Here's hoping they bring these ads to Alabama soon.  Wouldn't it be great to turn on the radio and hear something like this?

Did you know Congressman Aderholt receives health care at taxpayers'
expense, but Aderholt voted against providing health care for 5 million
uninsured children. Tell Robert Aderholt to put families first.

Or this?

Did you know Terry Everett receives health care at taxpayers' expense,
but voted against lowering senior's Medicare deductibles and co-
payments for preventative care? Tell Congressman Everett to put seniors

Spencer Bacchus, Jo Bonner and Mike Rogers also opposed the SCHIP bill.  Who knows, maybe future rounds of radio buys will target all five Alabama Republican Congressmen who are happy enough with their own great health insurance, but pretty stingy when it comes to helping poor kids and seniors get insurance. 

Hear one of the DCCC ads targeting Bill Young of Florida.

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Does anyone (4.00 / 1)

remember the old days, when they used to come around the schools, line you up, and give you your vaccinations?

Remember when they went to every little town in the state, and everyone got sugar cubes with polio vaccine? (I snuck a few extra at age 5--got a little scared when Grandaddy told me what was in it...lol).

Remember when they used to come to the school and do the vision and hearing screening? FREE?

What exactly happened there -anybody remember? Sort of just stopped before I was old enough to be interested. 

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

Good question (0.00 / 0)
I remember those things -- wanted more than one sugar cube but they slapped my hand.  These programs were still going on in 1967, to my personal knowledge.  Did Nixon put a stop to it?  It would be like him.

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
just found this - might shed some light (4.00 / 1)

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

[ Parent ]
Free Vaccines are still available (4.00 / 1)

who knew?

Alabama Vaccines for Children Program

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program was created to remove vaccine costs as a barrier and in response to the private medical community's vital role in serving the immunizations needs of our youngest citizens. The Alabama VFC Program will supply vaccine at no cost to public and private health care providers who enroll and agree to immunize eligible children in their practices or clinics.

Children from birth through 18 years of age eligible to receive free vaccine through this program include children who are:

  • Medicaid enrolled 
  • Uninsured 
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • Under-insured**

**Children who have health insurance that does not include vaccine as a covered benefit may receive free vaccine through the VFC Program from a federally qualified health center or a rural health clinic.

VFC Provider benefits include the following:

  • ensure your patients get vaccinated on time 
  • continue to control who you see in your practice 
  • no fee caps are set on the office visit charge
There's more info at the site. Nice to know about!


A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

[ Parent ]
why doesn't someone challenge... (4.00 / 1)
...alderholt or everett, since they are undoubtedly convinced that government heath care is so bad...to give up theirs, publicly.

"...i have to quote marx here: groucho and chico were having a debate..." --barney frank

Challenge them to give up public health care (0.00 / 0)
That's a great idea.  Part of the problem might be finding them in public -- these guys don't publicize their public events much that I can find.  Another way to approach this may be to start writing letters challenging them to do that to the papers in their districts and to the "major" papers in the state.  This might plant the seed for a journalist (who has more access than the average citizen) to ask that question.

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
Because (4.00 / 1)
Government Health Care is only bad if it goes to people who actually need it, silly. ^o^

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill



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