Legislators voted to apply taxes on insurance companies to keep health programs for indigent children which California could no longer support in its budget. The program had been slashed by $175 million by Governor Schwarzenegger in the recent past due to the state of California’s deficits.
The increase in money realized will be matched by federal funds through Medicaid stimulus money along with tobacco money set aside for children’s health programs.
One can see that bipartisan support can be achieved when the bill makes sense. Having almost three quarters of a million children uninsured would have been a catastrophe but the solution reached and enacted is applaudable.
- September 4th