Hey AMSA.....Please see the email below from Anne O'Connor, our
Legislative Affairs Director:
On Wednesday President Bush vetoed the State Children's Health
Insurance Program reauthorization bill that passed the house and
senate both with a good majority. Although the senate has enough
votes to override, the house is still short about 14 votes. Several
congresspeople abstained from voting or voted no because they thought
the original bill did not go far enough to cover kids, and it is
expected that several of the 14 votes will be picked up when these
representatives change their no votes to yes votes on October 18th.
However, in order for S-CHIP to pass, ordinary people like us have to
win over at least a few republicans who are still intending to vote
against the bill. In Minnesota we are fortunate enough to have two
such representatives - Michele Bachman of Minnesota's 6th district
and John Kline of Minnesota's 2nd district (District maps attached-
note that both St. Olaf and Carlton are in the 2nd district, so
please contact anyone you know at these schools). These
representatives will be most responsive to their constituents, so if
you live or vote in these districts, please consider picking up the
phone and letting them know it is unacceptable to deny access to
health care to any kid. I have attached a letter put together by AMSA
that you can use as talking points. Remember, a phone call really
does have much more impact than an e-mail. Also, if your
congressperson did vote for the bill, it can't hurt to give them a
call to say thank you. Make sure you identify yourself as a medical
student - it makes a difference!
Attached is a list of our elected officials in congress and their
contact details. I know it doesn't seem like one phone call will
change a politician's mind, but if even half a dozen medical students
call demanding better treatment for all America's children, they will
perk up and listen. And please forward this e-mail on to your non-
AMSA friends who you think might want to help.
Thanks so much for your time and support!
AMSA Legislative Affairs Director (U of M Chapter)
Pediatric Interest Group Vice-President
P.S. Tell Your Friends!
University of Minnesota Medical School