Good point made on how long this is taking for the kids...how long will the rest of us have to wait for the health care legislation outcome. BD
"If they fail to reach a compromise on covering kids, it would be pathetic," said Drew Altman, president of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, an information clearinghouse on healthcare issues. "If they can't agree on kids, what will they be able to reach a deal on when it comes to health reform? Failure to reauthorize [the children's program] would damage many of the most important state health reform efforts around the country."
Indeed, the outcome of the battle is crucial to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to expand coverage in California — and to competing proposals from Democrats. Both would rely on federal cash from the State Children's Health Insurance Program to cover all California children. The federal-state program, known in California as Healthy Families, expires Sept. 30. Its renewal is viewed as the most important health coverage decision in Washington this year.
The California delegation split along party lines, with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed.