Ventura County Star Op-ed: Health of 1 million children is at risk
Sunday, August 16, 2009
By David M. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Ventura County
Without health coverage, the 5-year-old with diabetes could go without insulin that could save his life. The 12-year-old suffering from asthma could go without an inhaler, forcing her to suffer during those terrifying moments when she can't breathe. The sick 10-year-old, who has no access to a doctor, could be sent to school with a 103-degree fever. If kids don't get ongoing checkups, chronic diseases and life-threatening conditions could go undiagnosed until it is too late.
San Jose Mercury News Editorial: Cuts in safety net for children go far too deep
July 29, 2009
Tuesday marked a new low for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in his role as a guardian of the health of California's children.
With a stroke of his blue pencil, the governor axed an additional $50 million from the state's Healthy Families program, which provides health insurance to California's neediest children. That's on top of the devastating $144 million in cuts to Healthy Families in the budget deal Schwarzenegger had negotiated with the Legislature last week.
Press Democrat: CLOSE TO HOME - Sparing our children
Published: Monday, June 22, 2009 at 3:00 a.m.
One of our most basic human instincts is to protect our children. Throughout history, when danger or disaster strikes, children are rescued first.
Why? Because as humans, we are conditioned to first protect those who cannot protect themselves: our children.
San Francisco Chronicle: Health care for kids
January 17, 2009
Editor - Regarding E.J. Dionne's, "SCHIPing Away at the Need for Health Insurance," Jan. 12: SCHIP reauthorization offers an opportunity for Congress and President-elect Barack Obama to work together to extend and expand an immensely popular and crucial children's health program.
Mercury News Editorial: Obama must speak for our children on health careJanuary 7, 2009
Barack Obama must speak for America's uninsured children. George Bush claimed to care, but when it came to health coverage, he left behind one out of every nine kids in the United States — 8.6 million in all.
Los Angeles Times Editorial: Spend on healthcare, not paperwork
New Medi-Cal proposals put budgets and bureaucracy ahead of children's health.
June 27, 2008
With the state budget in such dismal shape, it's all the more important to spend money wisely, on those who need it most -- and not on increasing paperwork. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Senate should drop proposals that would force the parents of children on Medi-Cal to re-enroll them more than the current once a year. The governor has called for renewal four times a year; after the Assembly rejected that idea, the Senate floated a compromise of twice a year.
Mercury News Editorial: California should maximize federal dollars, not throw them away
May 23, 2009
The day California health care experts have long dreaded is at hand. To close the state's $21.3 billion deficit gap, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature must slash health care programs to a degree that will cause irreparable harm to many of California's most vulnerable residents.
But the cuts the governor has proposed so far inflict far more damage than necessary, in part because they needlessly throw away federal dollars. He has better options.
The Sacramento Bee: Health coverage a priorityDecember 11, 2008
Letter to the Editor Re "Steinberg aim: All kids insured" (California Focus, Dec. 7): Sen. Darrell Steinberg should be commended for making health coverage for all California children a priority this legislative session.
Mercury News Editorial: How to make children's health care a priority in CaliforniaDecember 6, 2008
California's new Senate leader, Darrell Steinberg, wants to prove in his first 120 days in office that the California Legislature actually can accomplish something, despite recent evidence to the contrary.