Bill Extends Coverage to Illegals; Cuts Benefits for Seniors

Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) voted against H.R. 3162, Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007 (CHAMP) citing significant increases in federal spending and taxes, cuts to health care for seniors and the elimination of proof-of-citizenship requirements for anyone applying for Medicaid and the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Congressman Poe issued the following statement:

SCHIP was created to see that low-income families and children in our country have access to health care, not to create a government-run health care system open to illegals on the backs of American taxpayers. This 465-page, $50 billion debacle has a twist on every so-called benefit it claims to offer. I cannot support a health care plan that offers benefits to illegals while kicking Americas seniors off Medicare. And to make matters worse, anyone owning their own insurance will be saddled with additional taxes. I am strongly in favor of helping those in need, but creating additional hardships and government dependence in the process is not the solution.

Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007 (CHAMP):

? Eliminates proof-of-citizenship requirements

? Reduces benefits to over 8 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage

? Increases federal spending by $50 billion

? Raises taxes on individual health care plans

? Redefines low-income and children increasing number of government dependents

? Makes SCHIP permanent entitlement program; eliminates Congressional reauthorization