Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Childrens' health care bill
by Larry Geller
HB989, Childrens' health insurance, is being debated. It's being recognized that the Legislature supported this program as a cost-saving measure -- for one thing, it provides preventive medicine to keep children healthy, and for another, it provides an alternative to keep children from having to go to the ER.
But there is an element of frustration, expressed in the debate, because the Governor can refuse to fund the program. She cut it off before, after it was running only a few months, and she can do that again.
Someone has made the argument that having to bear medical costs can make a family unable to afford higher education...
Another argument that not having insurance puts a burden on hospitals...
Here comes the vote... the result is...
veto is overridden.