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Rally in Defense of Children's Health
Although Congress passed a health care bill Saturday night, that legislation, in fact, falls far short of what children really need. The House bill repeals the Children's Health Insurance Program by 2013. Many children now covered by CHIP would be moved into programs largely driven by insurance companies.
Within hours of the House of Representatives passage of a health care bill, activists in San Francisco rallied in front of City Hall to call for the protection of children and their health care needs.
They gathered on the steps of City Hall Sunday afternoon for a rally and stroller brigade. One of two lead sponsors of the rally, the Children's Defense Fund, wants to expand publicly funded health insurance to a larger number of children from low income families. They asked for a seamless and simple enrollment process that is comprehensive and assures that everything a child needs is covered. They stopped short of asking for a single payer plan that would eliminate the insurance companies altogether and include coverage for everyone.
A second co-sponsor of the rally, Moms Rising, has sought to seek better coverage for families with their "Healthcare Truth Squad". With the goal of fighting the misinformation campaigns about health reform, they have rallied members via the internet to contact elected officials to remind them to keep children's health care prominent in the picture. Moms Rising's popular blog has been called a lifesaver by women with children who want to see change to help families, but there also little discussion of single payer is to be found.
It is clear that when insurance companies, who hold profit as their primary motive, are included in any kind of health care reform children's needs will still not be met. In the next battle for health care here in California there will be a huge push to get the one plan that will really include everyone; only then will no child really be left behind. That will only come with a single payer plan.
The speaker recounted how her health care provider failed to provide appropriate coverage for her child with asthma.
A mom reaches to get something for her 3-month old
Raging Grannies have been working for single payer for the nation. Since the Weiner amendment for single payer was not heard in Congress, the next battle will be for single payer for California.
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http://www.wuyee.org Wu Yee is a partner with SF Cares. Wu Yee seeks to level the early childhood education field by identifying strategies to support family child care providers.
The Raging Grannies sang for single payer