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We must continue the push to protect Medicaid! The Senate was expected to begin debate this week on their health care bill, the misnamed Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), and bring it to a vote by the end of the week, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has just postponed the vote – AGAIN. We must keep the pressure on and remind the Senate just how devastating the BCRA would be for children and families. The deeply harmful, deeply unpopular BCRA would end Medicaid as we know it – a lifeline for more than 37 million children, more than 40 percent of all children with special health care needs and more than 40 percent of all births – to pay for a giant tax cut for wealthy individuals and corporations. It would rip away health coverage from at least 22 million Americans, leave millions of Americans paying more for less health care, and undermine protections for children and adults with pre-existing conditions. The Time is Now! Call your Senators and tell them to Protect Medicaid and Vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act!
For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.
The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.
Brooklyn students march to end hunger
July 20, 2017,
Children Defense Fund NY Hosts Bronx Health Forum
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