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The Children’s Defense Fund is deeply grateful for the huge victory for 37 million low-income children and children with disabilities, their parents and millions of other vulnerable adults. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill thankfully lacked enough votes to destroy Medicaid and the essential health benefits in the ACA. The repeal bill utterly failed the first test of medicine to “Do No Harm.”
For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.
The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.
Advocates Say 'Raise the Age' Legislation is Common Sense
April 11, 2017, NY1
‘Raise the Age,’ Now Law in New York, Is Still a Subject of Debate
April 10, 2017, New York TImes
'Keep Kids Covered' forum addresses children's health care
March 22, 2017, SILIVE.COM