according to health care experts, an estimated one million children across the country would be phased out of the insurance program over the next few years under the $30 billion five-year plan proposed by president bush.
"they are not looking at the consequences of this for families and children that are going to lose out," said ann martinez, 28, an administrative assistant. she said that she earns too much money to qualify for [color=#004276]medicaid
, the government health insurance program for the poor, but that she cannot afford the $500 a month it would cost her for coverage for her two children.
her son, jonathan, 13, has high blood pressure and attention deficit disorder. without the children's health insurance plan, which covers prescriptions, his medications would cost her $250 a month, stretching a budget that is already squeezed by rent and car payments.