Report shows voucher proponents support children's healthcare cuts
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Report shows voucher proponents support children's healthcare cuts

Date: February 21, 2007
By: Kevin Gehl
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: A new report by the Missouri Citizen Education Fund shows Republican voucher proponents also voted to cut health care for low income children. Kevin Gehl (GALE) spoke with the director of the interest group responsible for the report.  RunTime:
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House Bill 808 is a voucher program that would assist low income students with private school payments.

According to a new report by the Missouri Citizen Education Fund, House Republicans who voted for the voucher bill to support urban students, also voted to cut Medicaid for children across the state.

John Hickey is the executive director of the non-partisan organization.

He explains the voting record of Republican voucher supporters.

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Description: According to a recent report, Hickey reveals that many voucher supporters also voted to cut Medicaid to children in the same urban areas

Hickey's organization will continue to oppose the voucher bill which awaits debate on the House floor.

From the state capitol, I'm Kevin Gehl.

 


Intro: A new report by the Missouri Citizen Education Fund shows Republicans supporting vouchers to aid children also voted to cut health care for low income children. Kevin Gehl (GALE) spoke with Rep. Chuck Portwood about the report.  RunTime:
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The Missouri Citizen Education Fund presented Medicaid voting records of House Republicans who currently support a voucher bill to support urban students.

According to the report, Republicans eager to approve voucher scholarships to aid low income students also voted to cut Medicaid for children across the state in 2005.

Republican Rep. Chuck Portwood explained that his vote to cut Medicaid costs was not a vote against low income children.

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Description: Republican Rep. Chuck Portwood explained that his vote to cut Medicaid costs was not a vote against low income children.

Portwood remains supportive of the voucher bill which awaits debate on the House floor.

From the state capitol, I'm Kevin Gehl.