Friday, October 12, 2007

Catholics United Criticizes Walberg on SCHIP

Something new from a different source...


Ad Campaign Criticizes Pro-Life Members of Congress for Voting against Children's Health Insurance

Washington, DC- Catholics United will launch a radio advertising campaign targeting ten members of Congress whose opposition to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) have compromised their pro-life voting records.

The ads, which feature a mother urging her Congressional Representative to support SCHIP, will primarily air on Christian and talk radio stations from Monday Oct. 15 to Wednesday, Oct. 17 as Congress approaches a critical Oct. 18 vote to override President Bush's veto of bipartisan SCHIP legislation.

"Building a true culture of life requires public policies that promote the welfare of the most vulnerable," said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. "At the heart of the Christian faith is a deep and abiding concern for the need of others. Pro-life Christians who serve in Congress should honor this commitment by supporting health care for poor children."

The following members of Congress have voted against SCHIP, which provides high-quality health coverage to more than six million children whose families would otherwise be unable to afford insurance. Radio ads will air on local radio stations in their congressional districts.

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, Florida

Rep. Joseph Knollenberg, Michigan

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Michigan,

Rep. Tim Walberg, Michigan

Rep. Steve Chabot, Ohio

Rep. Gene Taylor, Mississippi

Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Minnesota

Rep. Sam Graves, Missouri

Rep. Thelma Drake, Virginia

Rep. John Peterson, Peterson

The script for the radio commercial reads: "I'm the mother of three children, and I'm pro-life. I believe that protecting the lives our children must be our nation's number one moral priority. That's why I'm concerned that Congressman X says he's pro-life but votes against health care for poor children. That's not pro-life. That's not pro-family. Tell Congressman X to vote for health care for children. Call him today at XXXX, that's XXXXX."

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, and the Catholic Health Association have all urged Congress and President Bush to support SCHIP.

(Emphasis added.)

Catholics United doesn't have anything on their website about this, but I'm guessing that they'll update it sometime soon.

I don't know anything about Catholics United, but I think this is a very powerful line of reasoning against Congressman Walberg's votes against reauthorizing and expanding SCHIP. How can you be for life if you aren't willing to support an entire lifespan?

Here's the audio of the radio ad.

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From the CitPat

Is it NASCARinoculation or prudent prevention?
Friday, October 12, 2007
Apparently excitement isn't the only contagious condition at NASCAR races -- at least according to some.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, released a statement Thursday after a handful of congressional aides were urged to get immunized for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and influenza before visiting tracks in North Carolina and Alabama. Those responsible say the reason is the staffers were to visit hospitals in those areas.

But Walberg chided them for being ``allergic to NASCAR,'' and invited them to visit Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

``To suggest that vaccines are needed to attend NASCAR races is insulting to millions of hard-working Americans who love their country and the smell of burnt rubber,'' Walberg said.

The Charlotte Observer said the House Homeland Security Committee planned a fact-finding trip about public health preparedness and advised NASCAR-bound aides to get the vaccines.
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