Poor kids will not be able to learn as well or as easily as they could if they were not feeling the pangs of hunger and stress and illness that come with poverty. Poverty is not a partisan issue, but a moral one.
The age group with the highest rates of poverty in the US are children under 18. We can have a robust debate about the role of government for adults living in poverty but children can't work and they can't vote.
Today's record breaking number of uninsured reminds us why health reform has been a top national priority. We cannot turn our backs on the millions of Americans who are falling through the cracks of a broken health system.