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Kudos to Collin Peterson for voting for SCHIP

I would like to commend U.S. Representative Collin Peterson for voting in favor of SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) expansion. It was great to see the new Congress begin its health care reform efforts by giving uninsured children access to health care.

As a cancer survivor, I'm even more pleased that Congress is using a 61-cent tobacco tax increase to pay for the program. Research tells us that when tobacco costs more, youth and even some adults smoke less. Some kids may not start smoking at all. This will save lives and dollars down the road.

With more families suffering in these hard economic times, this is the kind of health care reform we can all live with.  Thank you, Rep. Peterson for your continued leadership. -- Robianne Schultz, Perham