Monday, January 12, 2004

Typical News From Florida

From Bob Herbert’s column in the NY Times today we learn that sick kids get the shaft in Florida.

The State of Florida really knows how to hurt a kid. It has money for sports stadiums. It lavishes billions of dollars’ worth of tax breaks and other goodies on private corporations. It even has money for a substantial reserve fund. But, in an episode of embarrassing and unnecessary tightfistedness, it has frozen enrollment in a badly needed state health insurance program for low-income children.

Some 60,000 to 70,000 children who are eligible for KidCare, Florida’s version of the popular and successful children’s health insurance program, have been put on waiting lists. Even kids who already have serious health problems are being placed on the lists, which are lengthening every day. No one knows when — or if — the children will get coverage.


On Thursday President Bush and Governor Bush made a joint appearance in Palm Beach, where the president picked up a quick million dollars for his re-election campaign. There was plenty of laughter and glad-handing, and little talk about such unpleasant matters as the denial of health care to low-income children.

The reason is simple. Poor children don’t vote.