Security Begins at Home

Security begins at home—or at least it should. If your family and the families of your neighbors were in need of food, shelter, or medical care, would you deny them all or part of such in order to ensure that families a great distance away were being taken care of instead? If the cost of adequately meeting the basic needs of your family and the families of your neighbors were but a fraction of the cost of meeting the purported needs of distant others, would you overlook this gross inequity and permit its perpetuation? If you were the President of the United States, what would you do?

From the New York Times:

Child Health Care Splits White House and States

Governors clashed with the White House on Monday over the future of the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, an issue that some members of both parties said was as important as money for the Iraq war.

In the session at the White House, when President Bush reported on progress of the war, governors pressed him to provide more money so they could guarantee health insurance for children. In response, administration officials said states should make better use of the money they already had.

Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia, a Republican, said afterward, “Health care for children ought to be a priority, irrespective of anyone’s views on the war.�

Georgia will exhaust its allotment of federal money for the Children’s Health Insurance Program within three months, Mr. Perdue said. Thirteen other states expect to run out by September, according to data released here at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

Governors said the Clinton and Bush administrations had encouraged them to expand children’s coverage and had granted waivers allowing them to cover parents and even some childless adults.

Having successfully expanded the health insurance programs in their states, some governors now suggest that the Bush administration is pulling the safety net out from under many children. [full text]

For more detailed information on threats to the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the implications of such, check out the website of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. If you would like to sign a petition advocating for broader and more comprehensive health care coverage for children, go to the website of the Campaign for Children’s Health Care.