As Economic Recession Worsens, Sen. Judd Gregg Votes Against Healthcare for Millions of Children in Need
Americans United for Change Criticizes Gregg’s Disappointing Vote Against Critical Legislation to Reauthorize and Expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program for 11 Million Children
Washington D.C. – Millions of children in need are one step closer to receiving the health care they deserve thanks to bipartisan legislation that passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. Senate yesterday, without the support of Senator Judd Gregg. Americans United for Change criticized Gregg’s disappointing vote against critical legislation to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) for the 7 million children currently enrolled and significantly expand the program to 4 million more -- covering 11 million children in all.
Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change: “Senator Gregg should explain to New Hampshire families why he voted to deny healthcare for millions of children in need, especially in these tough economic times. With thousands of Americans losing their jobs each day, the SCHIP program has become more critical than ever as more and more parents struggle to find affordable health insurance for their children. Despite Gregg’s opposition, this critical legislation to expand the SCHIP program passed with broad bipartisan support in Congress yesterday, following the U.S House of Representatives’ lead. President Obama will soon sign this long overdue legislation into law so that millions of parents no longer have to pray their children don’t get sick or hurt or ask themselves: ‘Is it bad enough to go to the doctor?’”
The legislation also received strong support from both sides of the aisle in the U.S. House of Representatives when the Congress members passed the bill two weeks ago.
Americans United for Change, the progressive issue advocacy group that led an aggressive national campaign to expand SCHIP during 110th Congress including dozens of television and radio ads aired nationally and in targeted Congressional districts, lauded this legislative victory as a major first step towards quality and affordable healthcare for all Americans.