The NC Senate will vote in its budget today to bar new children from enrolling in NC’s affordable health insurance program for working families, Health Choice. The freeze would start September 1, 2008 and extend at least seven months. (A possible amendment today may, if passed, reduce that by a month or two.) Just as many families, suffering from high gas prices, high food prices, job loss, and all the other hardships of a worsening economy need affordable health coverage the most, the NC Senate is voting to take that coverage away.
The only reason given by the Senate leadership who cooked up this idea? “Uncertainty” about federal funding for the Health Choice program. We’d hate to enroll kids and then ask them to leave later seems to be the line.
Only problem with this argument? It’s completely wrong.