Thursday, October 11, 2007

SCHIP Veto Protest in Clemmons

Despite overwhelming bi-partisan support for the bill, Madam Virginia Foxx voted against the State Children's Health Insurance Program or SCHIP, effectively denying healthcare to 116,000 North Carolina children, many of whom are her own constituents. (She no doubt plans to pray for them instead.)

Yesterday a group of NC-5 citizens joined a nationwide protest of the president's veto of the SCHIP bill near Madam Foxx's Clemmons office. Not mentioned in the W-S Journal coverage was the presence of Coach Roy Carter, the first announced Democratic candidate against Foxx.

"I am outraged that the person who was elected to represent the people of our district would betray her constituents and turn her back on innocent children in need," Coach Carter said. "Virginia Foxx's callous vote against the State Children's Health Insurance Program was a vote against working families, a vote against our children's future, and a vote that flies in the face of common sense and defies morality."

Jonathan Cohn has an excellent background primer on SCHIP at The Plank, along with a discussion of the right wing's attack on a 12-year-boy and his family who filmed the Democrats' response to El Presidente's veto, and how that attack has backfired.

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