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Health Care for All-a Human Rights Issue?

January 15, 2007

Health care isn't considered a basic human right, but children's advocates say it needs to be for the 98,000 Washington kids and 9 million nationwide who still don't have health insurance. The Children's Defense Fund is calling on Congress to expand health care access to those children, no matter where they live. Marian Wright Edelman with the Children's Defense Fund says that's particularly important to remember on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

"We should be remembering what he indicated while he was alive, that of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

Liz Arjun with the Children's Alliance in Washington says insurance is critical for kids.

"When that happens, kids are better prepared for school, they have glasses when they need them. If they have a chronic illness, it's being managed. They're more likely to be able to pay attention in school and they miss less days of school."

Here in Washington, state lawmakers are taking the lead. Governor Gregoire has announced a plan to expand health coverage to an additional 32,000 children this year in her effort to make sure all kids have insurance by 2010.

The Children's Defense Fund proposal is online at

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WA