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Expansion Of SCHIP Health Insurance 'Right Thing'

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State Children's Health Insurance Program

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The expansion of SCHIP is the "right thing to do" because all U.S.children "should have a fair shot at growing up to be an astronaut, aballet dancer, a firefighter or president" and should not "be forced togive up these dreams because of health problems that could be managedor even prevented with proper care," John Sweeney, president of AFL-CIO, and James Bertolone, president of the Rochester and Vicinity Labor Council, write in a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle opinion piece.

Theauthors write, "Prevention makes good economic sense," adding, "Intoday's twisted health care marketplace, it's about the only thing thatdoes." According to the authors, opposition to legislation that wouldreauthorize and expand SCHIP because of the cost "overlooks a powerfulfiscal argument for covering kids" and "does not consider taking careof America's children a priority." The authors conclude, "Either youbelieve that health care for children is a priority, or you believethat children's health is not as important as other spending needs,such as the administration's multibillion-dollar mess in Iraq"(Sweeney/Bertolone, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 11/13).

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