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November 16, 2005

A Real Start on Health Care

So Illinois has passed a health care bill to extend coverage to all children in the state. It will be free for lower-income families, but even families earning more can buy in:

A family of four earning $41,000 a year will pay $40 a month for one child or $80 a month for two or more children. The co-payment for doctors' visits will be $10 each. A family of four earning $61,000 to $79,000 will pay $70 for one child and $140 for two or more children. The co-payment will be $15.

People with higher incomes and without insurance are also eligible, though the premiums increase significantly.

While it doesn't solve the problem of adult coverage, many families who couldn't get affordable coverage for their kids will be breathing a huge sigh of relief.

The GOP is accusing the somewhat unpopular governor of playing politics to boost his popularity.

If only more Democrats would recognize that expanding health care for all families is a vote winner. We need more of that kind of opportunism.

Posted by Nathan at November 16, 2005 03:58 PM