Sunday, February 8, 2009

Expanded Children's Health Insurance Program Saves Money

Posted by Kaitlin Lanier

Before the dust had settled over reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, some Republicans in Congress were grousing about messiness in its passage. But surely providing healthcare coverage to millions more uninsured children constitutes progress worth making.

The measure that President Barack Obama signed into law Wednesday had more in it than a version that President Bush had vetoed twice despite the bipartisan compromise that produced it. But the additions certainly weren’t enough to turn good legislation into bad law.

In fact, the law includes some key provisions that Republicans had insisted on.

More important, it’s a good-government investment that will improve kids’ health and save taxpayers money in the long run by encouraging timely and preventive medical care and less reliance on expensive emergency services.

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