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Report Diagnosis: Virginia Health Insurance Crisis Well-Documented

August 30, 2007

Richmond, VA – The health care crisis in Virginia got an updated diagnosis this week, as the Census Bureau detailed the number of Americans going without coverage. More than one million people in Virginia now go without insurance, and a record number of children are part of the statistics. Congress has been working on a partial cure by expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, despite a veto threat from President Bush. Suzanne Johnson with Voices for Virginia’s Children says it’s all about priorities. She notes that the President has just asked for $50 billion more for the war in Iraq.

"The $50 billion for Iraq is a number that resonates because that is the number that we think needs to be applied to S-CHIP for the health of the nation’s children."

Congress will work out details of expanding S-CHIP in the coming weeks. President Bush doesn’t want to spend more on government health coverage for children because he says it will cut into the private market.

Johnson says a whole generation may not realize its potential unless the United States refocuses on concerns closer to home.

"We know that there are two main things that can help children who are born into poor families still realize the American Dream. One is for them to be healthy, and the second is for them to be able to flourish in education."

Census report details can be found at

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - VA