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Following the corruption, ineffectiveness and hypocrisy of Rep. Vito Fossella.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fossella praises SCHIP after voting against it

on August 1, 2007, Rep. Vito Fossella voted against SCHIP, a series of state programs that provide insurance to children of low and moderate income families. The bill was HR 3162 Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007. This is Vito Fossella's vote against SCHIP. Remember that beacause Vito Fossella wants you to think otherwise;

via the SI Advance;

In a letter to federal officials, Fossella (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) warned that rules issued this month [from the President's administration] would be a blow to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides states with federal matching funds to offer health coverage to children for families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. [bold text my own edit]

What is more of a blow to State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is the fac that Rep. Vito Fossella voted against the program on August 1, 2007.

"Unfortunately, new requirements would hurt states like New York from providing coverage to additional uninsured children," Fossella said in a statement. "A policy of denying access to health care to additional low-income children is misguided."

What hurts states from providing coverage is congressional representatives who vote against the program and try to cut its funding or end it altogether. Rep. Fossella has it right though that denying access to health care to low-income children is misguided, almost as misguided as his own vote against it and now his attempts to put blame elsewhere for hurdles to implement the program.

On August 1, 2007 Vito Fossella voted against SCHIP.
On August 29, 2007 he tells us the actions of the President's administration are harming the program, not his own vote against the program.

for more information on SCHIP and Fossella's vote against it see:
Bush and Fossella Oppose Insuring our Children

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