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Reform Jewish Leader Praises House Passage of Revised Children’s Health Care Bill

Saperstein: As millions of children and their families remain in limbo, waiting to learn the future direction of this important program, we hope that the Senate and the President will follow the lead of the House and make the reauthorization of SCHIP a priority. 

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Washington, D.C. October 26 2007 - In response to the House’s second passage of legislation to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, Rabbi David Saperstein issued the following statement:

Yesterday’s House passage with bipartisan support of the bill to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) revitalized hope that this vital program will soon be renewed and expanded to cover nearly 10 million children.  President Bush’s veto of the bill initially passed by Congress was deeply disappointing. Families who rely on the SCHIP program, set to expire next month, for their children’s health care deserve the security of knowing that the program will continue.

The new version of the bill importantly does not compromise on the commitment to insuring 10 million children through an increase in funding of $35 billion dollars over five years.  As millions of children and their families remain in limbo, waiting to learn the future direction of this important program, we hope that the Senate and the President will follow the lead of the House and make the reauthorization of SCHIP a priority. 

The Jewish tradition teaches, “Whoever is in pain, lead him to the physician” (Baba Kamma 46B).  With SCHIP’s reauthorization, we have the chance to provide 10 million children with affordable, effective, and much-needed health care.  We call on our nation’s leaders to make a commitment to America’s children and enact this essential legislation. 

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 The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis



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