Although both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have introduced bills and proposals about how best to proceed, we live in an era where money and politics take precedence and the question of doing what is "in the best interest of children" is far too often forgotten or ignored. That must end.
Seventeen years later, how has CHIP fared? First and foremost, as a federal-state and public-private health care partnership, CHIP is an American success story that last year provided health coverage to 8.4 million children across the country.
The American dream is in crisis. According to a recent nationwide poll by American Viewpoint, by overwhelming margins, American voters believe that the lives of children have gotten worse rather than better over the past decade.
The inability of the super committee to reach an agreement is not a reflection on the "intransigence" of both sides and "unwillingness" to compromise. The far right wants changes in the American social contract that will destroy the middle class.