Friday, July 20, 2007

Walberg in Manchester Saturday, July 21

An e-mail:
I just received a recorded "invitation" to a Tim Walberg coffee hour at the Whistle Stop Restaurant on Main Street in Manchester tomorrow 7/21. Unfortunately I cannot attend, but perhaps you can get the word out. I beleive the message said that the event would begin at 1:00...To be honest I wasn't listening that carefully at first because I assumed that it was just some pre-recorded message telling me how "great" Walberg is and what a "fabulous" job he is doing representing his district.
If anyone can confirm that it's 1:00 that'd be great. The Whistle Stop Restaurant is at 115 E. Main Street in Manchester; a map can be found here.

Manchester can be a fairly conservative town sometimes, but it'd be great if we could get a strong turnout to ask Congressman Walberg some tough questions. It's easily accessible from the Ann Arbor area, and even Jackson is fairly accessible, if you're willing to drive for about half an hour.


Dang, I think he dropped me off his mailing list after my first 26 letters to him, railing against his votes...
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, believes in providing health coverage for low-income children, according to spokesman Matt Lahr, but Walberg wants the SCHIP's reauthorization paired with broader initiatives that allow more people to buy their own insurance.

"Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are already going broke, and Congress must work to fix these programs to ensure they are sustainable into the future," Lahr said. "Expanding another entitlement without proper oversight will only create more promises that cannot be kept. The congressman looks forward to working with his colleagues to enact common-sense legislation that will responsibly build on the initial success of SCHIP."

Evidently, some disobedient children didn't listen to Tim:

Trinity Freedom School students marched in downtown Battle Creek Wednesday morning chanting, "Health care, now," urging Congress to renew a program providing health care for thousands of Michigan children and millions more nationwide.

Madison Stewart, 8, was among the 39 student demonstrators. She said she was marching to help those who can't afford to help themselves.

"Some people have cancer and they don't have enough money to pay the bills for the things they need," she said. "We want everyone to try to stay healthy."

The State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, is up for federal reauthorization this month, and some proposed changes may mean fewer Michigan children and adults would be able to get insurance through the state's MIChild program.

SCHIP had a $25 billion budget for the past five years, and proponents of reauthorization say that amount needs to be closer to $50 billion for the next five years to sustain current coverage levels.

According to state Department of Community Health officials, MIChild currently uses about $149 million in federal SCHIP funding to cover some 30,000 children. There are an estimated 110,000 more children eligible for the program who currently are not covered, officials said.
Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home


August 2006   September 2006   October 2006   November 2006   December 2006   January 2007   February 2007   March 2007   April 2007   May 2007   June 2007   July 2007   August 2007   September 2007   October 2007   November 2007   December 2007   January 2008   February 2008   March 2008   April 2008   May 2008   June 2008   July 2008   August 2008   September 2008   October 2008   November 2008