At a time when the nation is pondering how to provide medical coverage to some 47 million uninsured Americans, it is logical and right to start with the country’s nine million uninsured children. The Bush administration, unfortunately, is going in exactly the opposite direction.
In a shortsighted effort to save money and promote its free-market philosophy, it has proposed reducing the federal contribution to a highly successful children’s health insurance program operated by the states. Democratic leaders in Congress are planning to respond with bold, and necessary, proposals to cover a large chunk of the nine million uninsured children — at a cost that could reach $50 billion to $60 billion over five years. To read more, click here.