PRO-CON: Should Congress expand health insurance to ensure all children are covered? Yes

by Lesley Politi on December 11, 2008

Even before the impact of the current recession, the last government measurement in 2007 found that nearly 9 million American children are uninsured.

Last year the Democratic Congress passed, and President Bush vetoed, a major expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that would have covered 3.8 million of these children by 2012 for about 1 percent of the cost of the recent government financial rescue plan.

Since that time, the need has grown as 1.2 million additional Americans have lost their jobs.

It is critical that the federal government provide additional assistance to struggling families and states. We shouldn’t make any family have to choose between basic expenses and health care coverage for their kids.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York is vice chairwoman of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress


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