All this week, the College Democrats are holding events related to the new SCHIP SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) bill. Although the bill passed both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support, Bush vetoed it last week. The bill would expand healthcare coverage to millions of children that don’t qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford private insurance. The Senate has enough votes to override the veto, but the House still falls short. That is what the College Dems are trying to change.
I did my part on Wednesday by signing the Dems “finger-painted petition,” a giant sheet of paper where students wrote their names in support of the veto override. On Friday the club members will attend a protest at the offices of Republican Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey and bring him the petition.
To illustrate the disparities in child healthcare by state, the College Dems also held a candy sale Wednesday with different prices depending on where you were from. Being from Connecticut, where 7.8 percent of children are without healthcare, I had to pay 25 cents for my Crunch bar.
On Monday the Dems held a rally with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of New York. Thursday night they plan to debate the College Republicans over whether or not poor kids should have health insurance (good luck to the Republicans on this one).