A Healthy Start for Kids
Check out the page-one story in today’s New York Times about how Republican and Democratic governors from 14 states across the country are pushing President Bush to provide more money so states can guarantee health insurance to children. Apparently, the president’s proposed budget won’t provide adequate funds to allow states to insure needy kids—and the governors aren’t happy. "Should we be giving tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires or should we be giving health care to children?" asks Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, a Democrat.
I don’t know about you, but for me, that question is a no-brainer. All kids need health insurance, but kids who growing up in poor families need it especially badly: Without it, they don’t get the well-child care that will keep them from developing asthma, diabetes and other chronic (and costly) health conditions. Without it, they end up in emergency rooms for their ear infections and sore throats—and that ends up costing all us big bucks.
I’m glad to see such a bipartisan coalition taking on this important battle—and I’m hoping more mothers get involved in making health insurance for kids a top priority. As moms, I think it’s important that we advocate not only for our own kids, but for everyone else’s as well. It you want to do something, check out Moms Rising.Org for ways you can make sure this issue stays at the top of the national agenda.