The cost of repeal

Could it be that children’s issues are migrating to the front burner?!

It seems to be….at least in the press. Articles abound in major papers, national news magazines and journals. Rarely a day goes by that we don’t read numerous headlines about the high cost of child care and the toll it’s taking on working parents, or the need for paid sick and family medical leave, or what will happen to kids’ health care coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. All of these are issues Every Child Matters has been working on since our inception in 2001, and the heightened attention they’re receiving is gratifying. What’s not yet certain, however, is how they’ll be dealt with by a new Administration and Congress nationally and in state houses across the country.

Less uncertain is the issue of children’s health care and where Congress is heading, especially with a 51-48 Senate vote yesterday and the House likely following suit today to begin the steps required to repeal the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. With no replacement on the table, 4.4 million children will be left uninsured along with 7.6 million parents according to an estimate by the Urban Institute. The Institute also notes that “…up to 9 million more children could lose coverage if states lower Medicaid/CHIP eligibility to the new minimum standards.”

We will continue to provide you with updates as Congress embarks upon the dismantling of landmark legislation that has over the past few years insured an additional 20 million Americans.