Paul Simon's Got Words for the Super Committee (Video)
As the Congressional “super committee” debates the ways to fix our deficit and budget, singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatricians from across the country have some things to say about the importance of Medicaid and the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
In this great Children’s Health Fund (CHF) video, Paul Simon (co-founder of CHF), Dr. Irwin Redlener, CHF President and co-Founder, and medical directors from CHF programs across the country make the case for protecting Medicaid and CHIP.
“Medicaid and the Child Health Insurance Program are the two most important safety net programs for children. These must be preserved no matter what else changes in our country,” says Dr. Redlener.
(More below the video.)
CHF doctors provide pediatric care to some of the nation’s most medically underserved children and communities and have witnessed the critical impact of Medicaid and CHIP, the nation’s healthcare safety net programs. CHF strongly urges the super committee to hold children harmless in negotiations surrounding the federal budget, as cuts to these programs will have a disastrous impact on a generation of children.
“When you start to cut the funds for Medicaid and CHIP you see children suffer. You see children going without vaccine coverage; not getting treated for chronic medical problems. Some children will have problems that land them in the hospital or in the emergency room. And some children are going to do poor in school because of it and then we will all pay as a society because we decided to cut services to children,” says Dr. Randy Christensen.
“In West Virginia, 45 percent of children depend on Medicaid and CHIP. I know that legislators have many tough decisions to make, but I urge…no, I challenge them to put themselves in the place of the millions of hard-working families—realize that the decisions that they make affect real people,” says Dr. Isabel Pino.
To learn more about the importance of Medicaid and CHIP, check out SparkAction’s Health topic page.