Unhappy Birthday to You, Mr. Governor
July 30, 2009
California Moms Visit Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office to Protest Cuts to Healthy Families Program
It may be Governor Schwarzenegger’s birthday, but California moms and kids certainly don’t feel like celebrating. Instead, a group of moms visited the Governor’s office today to deliver “unhappy birthday” cards protesting the cuts he made to the Healthy Families Program, which provides health insurance for California children. They are members of MomsRising.org, an online grassroots and on-the-ground organization for moms (and anyone that has a mom). They brought with them more than twelve hundred cards which were sent in by members across California over the course of only two hours.
“Children should not have to suffer because of the state’s budget crisis,” said MomsRising.org Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. “Other states have managed to maintain or even increase coverage for kids during these tough economic times, and we want the Governor to know that protecting uninsured kids is a priority for California families.”
MomsRising.org Campaign Director Ashley Boyd organized and led the birthday card delivery.
On Tuesday, Governor Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto authority to revise the state budget and add another $50 million in cuts to the state’s Healthy Families Program, bringing the total cuts this year to $179 million. As a result, approximately one million children will lose their health insurance.
In addition to the unhappy birthday cards that they have gathered from moms across the state, the group delivered a sleeping eye pillow decorated with kids’ hand prints to remind the Governor – even while he’s sleeping – that the state’s children are relying on him.