January 18, 2008

Landing a solid hit

The Thompson campaign's latest email details out just how many kids have been left off CHIP as a result of what Rep. Dukes and a bunch of Republicans did. Full text in the supersize

Meanwhile, Elise Hu over at KVUE has more on Dawnna's Republican-heavy finance report. Bill Miller and Hillco have been busy writing checks to keep Dawnna in the style to which she's become accustomed. She's also got a rather insignificant fundraising advantage... insignificant since, because of his late entry, Brian has put a chunk of his savings into the race which leaves them pretty evenly matched as far as cash on hand. And Brian's fundraising is just now getting into gear.

The really amusing part of Elise's article is that Dawnna is apparently uncommitted in the Speaker's race. She won't come out and commit to not voting for CradDICK, but her consultant says...

"Dawnna is uncommitted in the speaker's race. She has not signed a pledge card for any candidate. Any assumptions or assertions by Brian to the contrary are complete lies."

Uhm... yeah. Sure. Whatev. I guess the Speaker vote had a bit more traction than anticipated.

If you really want change in the Lege, go throw some support to Brian Thompson.

January HHSC Report Shows Dukes's Vote Against Fully Funding CHIP Leaves 3422 Travis County Children Without Health Care Thompson: "I'll never compromise the health care needs of Travis County kids" According to a recent report from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), at least 3422 Travis County children remain uninsured through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the draconian budget cuts enacted by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2003. When given the opportunity to rectify this injustice, Rep. Dawnna Dukes joined 74 House Republicans and seven Craddick Democrats to defeat a Democratic amendment that would have fully funded the Children's Health Insurance Program.

"Rep. Dukes's vote against fully funding the Children's Health Insurance Program is a perfect example of why her allegiance to Republican Speaker Tom Craddick is an issue in this campaign," said Brian Thompson, Democratic candidate for House District 46. "Rep. Dukes's vote against fully funding CHIP proves that pledging your absolute loyalty to this Republican Speaker means voting against the best interests of your district and denying at least 3422 Travis County children the health care they need."

Amendment 4 to House Bill 109 would have restored all of the children removed from CHIP in 2003 and would have reverted Texas to pre-2003 CHIP enrollment levels of at least 507,259 children by adding an estimated 200,000 kids back to the CHIP program.

"There are at least 3422 children in Travis County who will go to sleep tonight without health care because Rep. Dukes joined 74 Republicans and seven Craddick D's to vote against fully funding the Children's Health Insurance Program," Thompson said.

According to official HHSC statistics, 12,635 children in Travis County were enrolled in CHIP in September of 2003. Today, 3422 of those children still do not have health care coverage. The January, 2008, CHIP enrollment for Travis County was only 9,213, meaning Rep. Dukes's vote against fully funding CHIP continues to leave thousands of Travis County children uninsured.

One of the most pressing issues for East Austin families is health care for our children. Texas has the highest number of uninsured children in the nation at 1.5 million. More than half of the uninsured children in Texas are Hispanic. Of the 1.5 million children uninsured in Texas, approximately 850,000 of these children are eligible for CHIP or Medicaid.

"It is immoral to deny a child the health care he or she needs," Thompson said. "When my opponent voted against fully funding CHIP, she turned her back on at least 3422 kids in Travis County. If the people of HD 46 vote for change on March 4, I want them to know that I will never compromise the health care needs of Travis County kids."

Rep. Dukes's Record of Failure: denying children health care and voting against making more children eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)


* FACT: Rep. Dukes voted against fully funding CHIP. Rep. Dukes joined 74 House Republicans and 7 Craddick Democrats to kill a proposal that would have restored CHIP funding to the pre-2003 levels of at least 507,259 Texas kids. (Amendment No. 4 to HB 109, Record vote #267, Tuesday, April 3, 2007, HOUSE JOURNAL PAGE #1505)
* FACT: Rep. Dukes voted against making more families eligible for CHIP, twice. (Amendment No. 5 to HB 109, Record vote #268 on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, HOUSE JOURNAL PAGE #1506, and Amendment No. 6 to HB 109, Record vote #269 on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, HOUSE JOURNAL PAGE #1507)
* FACT: Rep. Dukes voted against allowing thousands of Texas children to qualify for CHIP. (Amendment No. 10 to HB 109, Record vote #271 on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, HOUSE JOURNAL PAGE #1511)
* FACT: Rep. Dukes voted against including enrollment and renewal policies that allow for coverage under the perinatal program. (Amendment No. 17 to HB 109, Record vote #274 on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, HOUSE JOURNAL PAGE #1515)
About CHIP

The Children's Health Insurance Program is designed for families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford health insurance for their children. The principal goal of CHIP is to provide primary and preventive care to the uninsured children of Texas families including children with special healthcare needs. CHIP is funded jointly at the federal and state level. For every $1.00 of funding provided by Texas, Texas receives a federal match of over $2.50. The CHIP program was put in place to support the working poor, not the unemployed. Fully funding CHIP is the right, moral, decent, and economically sensible thing to do.

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