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Insuring All Children

By PAM BERNS
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee authorized a $35 billion increase over 5 years for S-CHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program), which gives uninsured children health insurance coverage. House Democrats would like to see a $50 billion increase. Bush wants just a $5 billion increase over 5 years, which would barely keep up with medical inflation, and he threatens a veto of the bill. He supports tax deductions for buying insurance through private insurance companies instead, knowing full-well that this means children will be dropped from receiving health care. Democrats should stand on principle and make this a bi-partisan imperative. Children are not political ping-pong balls for Bush to play with to undermine an outpouring of support for universal programs to make sure all are insured. What about children with cancer? Show me an insurance company eager to insure these children.   

Published: July 23, 2007