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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: King and Latham vote against health care for children (again)

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Great news, everyone! Today the House of Representatives approved an
expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). In
Iowa, this program is known as HAWK-I, and it provides coverage for
thousands of children whose families are not poor enough to qualify
for Medicaid, but not wealthy enough to purchase health insurance:
"The child health bill would provide $32.3 billion over four and a
half years to continue coverage for seven million children who now
rely on the program and to extend coverage to more than four million
who are uninsured." ... Representatives Bruce Braley and Leonard Boswell
joined Loebsack in voting for the bill, which passed by a comfortable
margin of 289-139. But as you can see from the roll call,
Representatives Steve King and Tom Latham voted no.

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