How do you solve those dogged social problems, the really painful ones, the ones that draw the harsh contrasts between rich and poor, privileged and disadvantaged? Well, sometimes, the solution emerges from the smallest of steps and in the most unexpected of places. It begins with just one person, eight dollars, and a vision.
We celebrate individuals from low-income families who graduate college despite the odds. And rightfully so. Obtaining a Bachelor's (or Master's or Doctorate) degree is an achievement in and of itself. We applaud those individuals and are genuinely happy for them. But no one ever talks about how lonely they feel.
Congress must stop playing politics with children and pass four more years of funding for CHIP and MIECHV as part of the "doc fix" package if millions of children are not to be left with uncertainty and at greater risk. We need to ensure our children are healthy, supported, and strong if they are going to be able to support our growing number of seniors in the future.