Seventeen members of the Texas House have sent a letter to Texas’ delegation to the U.S. Congress, urging them to sustain the President’s veto of the massive expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Don’t expect the letter to make the newspapers — they only write about socialists endorsing big government.

As you remember, this expensive expansion of a questionably effective government health care scheme is being promoted by the usual band of left-wingers anxious to impose universal (bad) health care on the U.S. In short, the socialists who typically cheer-lead for big government, high taxes and limiting liberty.

So 17 members of the Texas House are telling Congress that expanding the program will “needlessly increase the number of children covered by public insurance, rather than private health plans.(Read their letter — pdf format – here.)Â

Further, they write, the expansion would “place unnecessary fiscal pressure on states.  The system of federal matching dollars under which S-CHIP operates creates a fiscal incentive for states to expand their programs, which has lead to a situation in which many states are already dealing with shortfalls under current program rules.

Hopefully Texas’ congressional delegation will pay attention to the men and women in the Legislature who will actually have to make budget numbers work if this expansion takes place.

The congressional critters should also hear from you. You can send an e-mail by using this webform, or you can call them at: (202) 224-3121.


Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."