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NPT Capitol: A picture paints a thousand words

1-dollarThe Texas Industrial Areas Foundation, a conglomeration of church-based progressive groups, held a press conference at the capitol on Wednesday calling for the expansion of CHIP. I mean, who wouldn’t take a buck for only 28 cent investment?

TIAF’s argument, summed up by Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, was that expansion was a moral imperative that made good economic sense. If the bible was the basis of the former, federal matching funds was the basis of the latter.

The group cited Obama’s signing into law of the federal SCHIP law which will provide $2.52 for every $1 Texas contributes towards covering families earning below 300% of the federal poverty level: $66,150 for a family of four.

“I’m not a banker, but that seems to be a prudent investment…I hope that we in Texas are not too proud to take this money,” said one pastor. Another, accused the state of “moral failure” citing, Texas’ 1.5m uninsured children as reason enough. That’s quite a combination, theology and math. That said, the governor is yet to agree to meet with them, showing that it is easier to speak truth, than it is to speak truth to power.

–Ben Wright

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 20, 2009 at 9:57 am

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  1. The back door to socialized medicine. Medical care is a limited commodity.

    Ken G

    February 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm

  2. Medical care should be a right provided to everybody, regardless of ability to pay. Although medical care is treated as a commodity in the U.S., that doesn’t mean it is the correct course of action. In the U.S., one will be OK insofar as medical insurance is concerned if one is young, in good health and has never been sick – – there is no need to use it (medical insurance). Expanding CHIP is good as an investment in our future.

    Eloiso De Avila

    February 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm

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