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Poor Children First — or Last? Watch What the Administration is Doing, Not What It Is Saying

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Publication Date: October 2007

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Robert Greenstein

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Health services for children)

Keywords: Economic projections; Health insurance; Federal budget; Economic inequality

Type: Report


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.