Poor Children First — or Last? Watch What the Administration is Doing, Not What It Is Saying
Publication Date: October 2007
Author(s): Robert Greenstein
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic projections; Health insurance; Federal budget; Economic inequality
The Bush administration has recently argued that the President favors providing health insurance to “poor children first” and vetoed bipartisan children’s health legislation because it violates this principle. The facts show this claim to be a large distortion. In fact, the truth is almost precisely the opposite of what the Administration claims.