Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Restore KidsCare now to avert fiscal disaster

The Arizona Republic

Republic Editorial

Our fiscally conservative lawmakers made a big mistake when they eliminated a federal health-care program for children.

KidsCare, which has served needy children in Arizona since 1998, costs the state $18 million a year but brings in $56 million a year in federal funds.

Nearly 39,000 Arizona children get medical care as a result.

The plan to eliminate KidsCare, with its 3-1 federal match, was pound-foolish when lawmakers included it in the budget that Gov. Jan Brewer blessed.

The idea became downright reckless when President Barack Obama signed federal health-care reform on Tuesday.


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