A missing word in a bill analysis derailed debate Monday on a bill to cover more youngsters under the Children's Health Insurance Program.
A sharp-eyed Rep. Robert Talton, R-Pasadena, noticed the error in the analysis of House Bill 109 -- the word "family" was missing -- and raised it shortly after the bill was brought up for discussion. As a result, the bill will be sent back to the House Human Services Committee for another vote.
The bill's author, Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, said he thinks the committee will quickly move to pass the bill and send it to the House. He predicted it will pass in the House despite opposition from some Republicans who don't want to expand the program, which provides insurance for families who earn too much for Medicaid but can't afford private health insurance.
"We'll be back even stronger and work even harder," he said, citing bipartisan support.
The bit that really interested me in this story is right here:
Talton said he would be happy if the bill never came back out of committee, which passed it earlier this month, 8-1.
"I believe in limited government. I think people ought to pay for (health insurance) themselves," he said.
So thanks, Bob. Thanks for the reminder that while alliances matter, values matter more. I appreciate it.Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 20, 2007 to That's our Lege