And now the other side of the cigarette tax story

Family income rule costs some Texans insurance coverage

Houston Chronicle
By SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press Writer
© 2007 The Associated Press
Aug. 24, 2007, 6:24PM
WASHINGTON – Cynthia Pacheco used to rely on a government-funded children’s health insurance program to keep her twin boys healthy. Now she relies on prayer.

Don’t look now but Dems want to raise cigarette taxes just before elections and probably say “Republicans don’t want to help children.” This is a load of BS on the highest level – don’t be fooled!

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, voted against the Senate bill, but voted for an alternative Republican bill that provides $10 billion over five years. The bill would have allowed Texas to keep $660 million in federal funds it hasn’t spent, Cornyn said.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, voted for the Senate bill, and for the alternative Republican bill that failed. All Texas House Democrats voted for the House bill, which included a cigarette tax increase to help pay for the program.

All but one of the state’s House Republicans voted against it. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano, is recuperating from hip surgery and was not in the House for the vote.