The Arizona Republic
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.