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Gelber V. Martinez



A preliminary shot in a 2010 Senate race? Dan Gelber sent this missive to Mel Martinez over the senator's opposition to expanding the children''s health insurance program, SCHIP:

"...As Chairman of the Republican National Committee, I recognize your role and responsibility to defend and endorse President Bush’s legislative agenda, including his opposition to the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan.  However, the rhetoric of “entitlements” and “socialized medicine” seems designed to fire up the President’s political base rather than honestly helping your colleagues figure out how to fix a system that has left more than nine million American children without health care.   Ironically, your position hurts Florida more than nearly any other state as only Texas has a higher percentage of uninsured children than we do. .."

Martinez's statement: "I support SCHIP. I support the program with the original mission of covering low income children who do not have health insurance...It is bad policy to take a program designed to help poor children and creat a new entitlement for familie making $80,000 a year."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:16am]


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