As a parent you never want to think that you can't afford any or all medical necessities that your child might need to stay alive. But in our family's case, we never could have done it without the help of Medicaid. And now it's time to make sure other families get the same fighting chance.
There have been 29 mass shootings in the United States between the events of April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School and the Dec. 14, 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I propose these shootings were, in part, a health care issue.
As I travel the world, I am struck by the shared values and desires of people globally. We all want a better life for the next generation. We all want kids who are healthy, educated and presented with the chance for a better life.
We still have a long way to go before we solve the problem of the uninsured in America. Millions of children are currently eligible for Medicaid and CHIP but not enrolled and coverage for millions more is tenuous and transitory.
Our system of private, fee-for-service insurance is basically a business model that focuses on the top of the health care pyramid (the doctor) and pays for quick fixes (prescriptions) with immediately observable (short term) results.