GBW: Calling out the Governor
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, wants Gov. Charlie Crist to clarify his support for reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Crist, a Republican, sent members of the Florida delegation a letter Wednesday morning supporting S-CHIP, as its known, a federal-state program that provides insurance to kids who aren't quite poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. It did not express specific support for a bill reauthorizing the program that passed the House this evening, though Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, added it to the congressional record as being in support of the bill.
That prompted Brown-Waite's rapid response. The bill would cut billions from Medicare Advantage, a health insurance program for seniors, to help pay for expanding SCHIP by $50-billion. Brown-Waite opposes it, but the AARP supports it on grounds that it strengthens varous elements of the program.
"I appreciate your thoughts on the SCHIP reauthorization currently in the House, but I think you should be more careful with federal legislation that receives your comments," she wrote Crist Wednesday. "I am disappointed that your letter fails to mention that SCHIP funding should not come at the expense of Florida's seniors."