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The Congressional Black Caucus Celebrates Passage Of State Children’s Health Insurance Plan Covering 11 Million Children

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, August 12, 2007

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Thursday, August 09, 2007
 
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(BLACK PR WIRE) WASHINGTON, DC – “Our children are our most precious jewel. As a proud mother and grandmother, I believe every child, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, deserves access to the best health care our country has to offer,” said Congresswoman Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “In addition to aligning vulnerable and uninsured children with health, mental and dental care, the CHAMP Act will ensure that senior citizens receive affordable health benefits.”The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and Medicare will significantly reduce the number of uninsured children, namely racial and ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged children. Medicare and SCHIP also will help children obtain vital screening and prevention services that help children stay healthy and mature into healthy and productive adults.

“The CHAMP Act makes an important investment in the health of America,” said Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY). “We have made a critical investment in Medicare to ensure the long-term solvency of the program by addressing physician reimbursement rates so that seniors maintain access to the doctors of their choice; expand low-income subsidies; and strengthen safety net provisions in rural areas.”

The CHAMP Act was passed in the House by a vote of 225 to 204. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted 100% in support of this bill.

“Democrats believe we have an unequivocal moral responsibility to provide for the health and well-being of our children and our elders,” remarked House Majority Whip James Clyburn. “As a grandfather whose grandson was born 90 days premature and received top-notch healthcare coverage as he struggled to survive his first days on Earth, I believe all of America’s children should have access to the same coverage. I am proud of the work of this body today. The CHAMP Act will provide vital healthcare coverage for the greatest generation and the next generation.”

“The CHAMP Act will play an integral role in expanding health coverage for children and will help take this nation one step closer to reducing the racial and ethnic disparities in children’s health that leave far too many children without access to health care and in poorer health,” said Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D-VI). “The CHAMP Act also takes proactive steps to protect the health and well being of our low-income seniors, people with ESRD and other Americans whose health care needs exceed their means.”

“I am proud of this Democratic led 110th session of Congress. Collectively, we are working to build stronger and healthier families and re-enforcing our commitment to America. We have strengthened the tenants of our nation’s food stamp program; provided additional resources to Historically Black Colleges and Universities; secured overdue assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers; and now we have dismantled barriers in our health care system,” remarked Chairwoman Kilpatrick.

 
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All the Poor Left Behind

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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Edwards Pushes Better Education for Poor

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, July 22, 2007

Edwards Pushes Better Education for Poor

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has called for measures to strengthen education for poor children and make schools more economically diverse in order to fight poverty.

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Obama Invokes Spirit of MLK, RFK

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, July 22, 2007

Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2007
By Gregory Kane

Presidential candidate Barack Obama was fresh from delivering a rousing speech in Southeast Washington when he decided to take a few minutes to greet three news media types.

After the Illinois senator jokingly expressed envy about our casual attire, radio talk-show host Joe Madison of WOLB reminded the senator that in his line of work, he really didn’t have to wear anything.

I was trying to get the picture of a naked Madison sitting in a radio studio out of my mind when Obama walked up, looked me straight in the eye and shook my hand.

“Gregory Kane, Baltimore Sun,” I introduced myself. “I noticed you invoked Martin Luther King quite a bit in your speech.”

“Of course,” the senator answered.

Obama did more than invoke King. For the duration of his 20-minute speech at the Town Hall Education, Arts & Recreation Campus in the nation’s capital. Obama seemed to channel the very spirit not only of King but also of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

And if you’re a liberal Democrat who’s running for president and giving a speech about how to help lift up America’s urban poor, you can’t do much better than to channel the spirits of King and Kennedy.

Obama started his speech by telling the audience about Kennedy’s memorable trip to the Mississippi Delta in the 1960s. Kennedy saw firsthand the poverty that Mississippi’s blacks had endured for decades. According to Obama, a teary-eyed Kennedy looked at reporters traveling with him and asked, “How can a country like this allow it?”

In Southeast D.C., Obama continued, poverty still exists.

“Here, on the other side of the [Potomac], … every other child in Anacostia lives below the poverty line,” Obama said. “Too many do not graduate and too many more do not find work. Some join gangs, and others fall to their gunfire. … How can a country like this allow it?”

Obama answered his repeat of Kennedy’s question of 40 years ago the way Kennedy would have: “We can’t,” the senator said to cheers from the crowd. Then he outlined the details of how an Obama administration would fight its own war on poverty.

If elected president, Obama said, he would sign legislation raising the minimum wage; fund programs that support poor families with children; fund not only job-training programs but programs that help workers get promotions; give incentives to bring businesses back to the inner cities; and make affordable housing more accessible in “mixed-income neighborhoods.”

Obama is obviously aware that many Americans will react to his ideas with a “been there, done that, got the staggering tax bill” sneer. He acknowledged that there were problems with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s first war on poverty.

“It’s true,” Obama said, “that there were many effective programs that emerged from Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty. But there were also some ineffective programs that were defended anyway, as well as an inability of some on the left to acknowledge that the problems of absent fathers or persistent crime were indeed problems that needed to be addressed.”

Coming from a liberal Democrat, those words are almost heresy. They’re like God endorsing atheism, for heaven’s sakes! But then Obama committed more heresy.

“You can … see what a difference it makes when people start caring for themselves,” the senator continued. “It makes a difference when a father realizes that responsibility does not end at conception; when he understands that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one. It makes a difference when a parent turns off the TV once in a while, puts away the video games and starts reading to [that] child and getting involved in his education. It makes a difference when we realize that a child who shoots another child has a hole in his heart no government can fill.”

With those words, Obama channeled the spirit of King, who in his 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, urged black Americans to take more personal responsibility. In that same book, King wrote about what it would cost to end poverty in America and bring blacks into the mainstream.

“The practical cost of change for the nation up to this point has been cheap,” King said. “The limited reforms [of civil rights legislation] have been obtained at bargain rates.”

Obama seemed to be paraphrasing King when he told the audience what a renewed war on poverty would cost America.

“I’ll be honest,” Obama said. “It can’t be done on the cheap. It will cost a few billion dollars a year.”

Hey, at least the guy’s telling us upfront we’re going to get hosed. And, as I’m sure Obama would remind critics of his anti-poverty plans, we’re already getting hosed with the billions the Bush administration is spending to fight a war of questionable value in Iraq.

Click here to read the article in the Balitmore Sun

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