Editorial on short changing the future

As someone said recently, our children are only 21 percent of the state's population, but they're 100 percent of our future.
Stand up for 'em now.

Editorial from this week's Carrboro Citizen:


Denial of service

You would think that here in the tenth largest state in the wealthiest country ever that cutting back on children’s’ health care to save money would be off the table.

Think again. Then count to ten, because it isn’t.

In fact, it’s one of the ways to “balance” the budget that our legislators are considering.

Evidently healthy children are not as big a priority as we all thought; and for some, making good on the promise that began a decade ago to cover at least our poorest children is, well, a nice-to-have and not a need-to-have.

But ignoring the perfect storm of uninsured children, rapidly increasing rates of childhood obesity and soaring health care costs is setting this state up for a future saddled by this era’s misplaced priorities.

Preventive care – the kind that people with insurance are more likely to enjoy than those without – is the secret to catching, treating and preventing illnesses. And early contact with health professionals can help establish diet, exercise and wellness behaviors that will pay off over a lifetime for individuals and for the rest of us.

That was the logic behind setting up the state’s Health Choice for Children program in the first place. Now the effort to more fully fund that woefully under-funded program is on the chopping block.

No one – especially not dedicated public servants or the high-minded captains of industry who’ve sent their lobbyists to Jones Street to win a tax break or two – would like to think of themselves as the kind who would take medicine out of the mouths of infants or deny a sick toddler access to a doctor. But that’s the result, and everyone of those voting yea or nay on the budget in the weeks ahead knows that.

Most of those who would take the hit on this issue are either too young to know it or haven’t even been born yet. They can neither vote nor offer up a campaign contribution to get their legislator’s attention.

That leaves the rest of us to stand against this madness.

Someday, most of the generation we are short-changing will grow up. We hope it will be in a state where sacrificing the health of children is not something on the table during budget talks.

But that generation will have every right to ask each of us what we did when it was.

Comments

Unacceptable

Of all the unacceptable places to cut, this leads the list.

It is already a moral disgrace that nearly 1.4 million North Carolinians have no health care insurance or reliable coverage program of any kind. That tens of thousands (at least) of the uninsured are still children is even worse. Closing that health coverage gap is a higher priority than any possible tax cut, much less a cut in the highest income tax bracket. I like tax cuts too, but not at that price.

The House made the better choice, to begin the process of reducing the number of uninsured children this year. The Senate should follow suit now.

Dan Besse
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor

Dan Besse

But hey

who gives a flyin' flip about a bunch of poor children when you can cut you some taxes on the upper crust and keep the Puppetmaster happy.

The North Carolina Senate makes me sick to my stomach right now.

Poor Ellie Kinnaird.

Her legacy will always be tainted by voting for these last two Senate budgets that are good for business, and bad for babies. Good for profits, bad for people. Good for HMOs, bad for health.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

so un-Ellie.

so un-Ellie.

One of the saddest things that happened to Moore County was the redistricting that took Ellie and Howard Lee away from us.
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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

Tell Us More, Dan

You get to see the action closer than I can. What's up in bizarro world? aka the legislature.

Imbalance of pressures

At least some of the leadership seems to be looking over its shoulder at Republican criticism, and has placed a high priority on eliminating the remaining "temporary" taxes this year. Nearly everything else financially is being fit into that framework. I can't say with certainty precisely how the internal debate has played out on this point so far, but the results included dropping this critical item.

Public criticism of that decision has the potential to influence the outcome. Families between 200 and 300% of the federal poverty level are not a naturally influential lobbying group, so we have to speak for them. We need to make the case that this item is as (or more) important than the various things pushed by more organized interests.

This is one of those moments when an informed and compassionate public can make the difference.

Dan Besse
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor

Dan Besse

I agree with you

but the reporters make it sound like even some legislators dont know how decisions are being made, let alone citizens.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Do we need to start distinguishing between the Democrats

who believe in big-D values and the ones that just happen to have a "D' by their name because they live in a Democratic-voting area? With a Democratic governor and both houses of the legislature, why is this happening?
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Someone has to.

Jerry and the NCDP will hate it, and maybe they should, their job is to keep Democrats in power. That is NOT our job, a nice side effect, yes. But, not our goal. Our goal is to push for Progressive Government.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Amen

That's why I hate being called a Democratic blogger. Blue doesn't stand for Democrat in my book. It stands for progressive . . . and we're trying to drag the Dems along.

Well, some folks out west are royally pissed

at me over this point. They just don't get that if I let their non-democratic and non-Democratic behavior go without remark, I'd have absolutely no credibility at election time to say something like: "Well, you know I've had my disagreements with this person or that person but they're the best choice in November."

I'm just supposed to be in lockstep with them or I'm a traitor. To them, I'm now someone to be bullied and attacked and intimidated . . . which proves my point that there's a serious problem!

We can't expect the electorate to clean house, considering most districts are stacked for one party or the other. So, if we don't call these people out (particularly in an off-year), who will?
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

You go, DQ

Tell them to put up or shut up.

Tell them to show you 'wonderful, wonderful' and maybe you'll think about it.

NO MORE DINOS

I dont mind

eating them for breakfast when I come out west this weekend. I can swallow bad Democrats whole and spit out a flaming liberal that would make Eugene Debs jealous.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Need a Toothpick?

n/t

Stick with it.

We can't expect the electorate to clean house, considering most districts are stacked for one party or the other. So, if we don't call these people out (particularly in an off-year), who will?

Most emperors, by the time they get to be emperor, are stark ravin' nekkid. It's up to us to let them know.
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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

LOL

You know, I think I just watched that video.

Most emperors, by the time they get to be emperor, are stark ravin' nekkid. It's up to us to let them know.

The parents of poor children can vote

And I think it is our responsibility to see that as many register and vote as possible in 2008. We'll also do our best to make sure they are informed voters. Very informed.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

And...

we've got to be sure we give them someone to vote FOR...not just against.
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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

With all due respect

Why?
At least some of the leadership seems to be looking over its shoulder at Republican criticism,

They've done a lousy job and I don't care what the (-R)s have to say. Find a spine. Wanna use mine?

Now the plain ol' (R)s are another story. They're your neighbors, friends, and colleagues. They're smart folks being led off a cliff.

I do understand the imbalance of pressures. Sort of like being a single parent. You get to wear all the hats - all the time.

You're gonna laugh when you hear my next issue but I'm saving it for when all the hoo-rah is over. Stay tuned.

C'mon.

give over now.

I bet I don't laugh. :)

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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

Nope.

Top Secret. XX.

OK, now I'm laughing out loud.

Unique has an XX secret!!!! Whoo hoo!!! Adults only!!! :-D

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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.