The Senate is expected to approve a bill today that provides health insurance to about 11 million low-income children, paving the way for President Obama to claim an early legislative victory and collect a quick down payment on his campaign pledge to guarantee care to every American child.
An eclectic mix of business interests, consumer groups and medical providers lobbied aggressively for expansion of the program, including the National Governors Association, labor unions, the retiree group AARP, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
When Congress enacted the $700 billion financial bailout last fall, "we were told you've got to take care of Wall Street if you want to take care of Main Street," said Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. "Well, Main Street can never be safe if their children don't have health care."/QUOTE]
Its about time....