State Sen. Andrew Rice, the Oklahoma City Democrat who ran unsuccessfully last year against U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, is helping gather “citizen co-sponsors” of a bill in the U.S. Senate to expand health care coverage for children.
The bill to expand the state childrens’ health insurance program could come up for a final vote today.
Rice’s letter, sent to the e-mail list he used for his campaign, provides a link to a web page sponsored by U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, an Arkansas Democrat who is a major supporter of the bill.
“We can’t leave this vote to chance,” Rice’s letter states. “For too long, partisan bickering has blocked of efforts by Senator Lincoln and others to expand this successful program. It’s up to us to show her colleagues in the Senate that the American people are ready for change.”
Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, are expected to vote against the legislation which, according to one group, would cut in half the number of uninsured children in Oklahoma.