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Ohio's Littlest Lobbyists Make Trip to Support Kids' Health Care

July 19, 2007

Ohio's Congressional offices got a visit yesterday from the littlest lobbyists in the state as kids from around Ohio gathered to speak up for children's health care. Organized by Children's Defense Fund's "Freedom Schools," the event brought over 400 kids to the Ohio offices of both of the state's U.S. senators as well as three members of the House.

Lisa Palmer with the Freedom School in Columbus says the kids were speaking in support of the "All Healthy Children Act," which would give health coverage to a quarter million uninsured children in Ohio.

"We felt that this was something that children could get involved with to further the issue of the nine million kids that still don't have health insurance across the nation."

The Senate is expected to hold a hearing this morning on children's health care funding, and it may come to a vote as soon as next week.

Even though kids can't vote, Palmer believes it's important that elected officials pay attention to their needs, and she says kids can start getting involved in decisions that affect them.

"We want them to realize that as children, they can make a difference, that they can do something, that they can be a voice."

Rob Ferrett/Mandy Walker, Public News Service - OH