New York Times Columnists Tout Coverage Expansions
Summaries of recent opinion pieces addressing health insurance expansion efforts appear below.
- "American children should be guaranteed nothing less than comprehensive health coverage from birth through age 18," New York Times columnist Bob Herbert writes. According to Herbert, although Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program "provide crucially important coverage" to children, the "eligibility requirements can be daunting, budget constraints in many jurisdictions have led to tragic reductions in coverage and millions of youngsters simply fall through the cracks in the system, receiving no coverage at all" (Herbert, New York Times, 3/20).
- "Let's hope that the presidential campaign helps lead us toward a new health care system," columnist Nicholas Kristof writes. "Even if a single-payer system isn't politically possible right now, universal coverage is feasible through other mechanisms -- as Massachusetts has shown," Kristof writes. He concludes, "We need to hold the presidential candidates accountable, for universal coverage is an idea whose time came in the 1920s. We should insist we get it before the 2020s" (Kristof, New York Times, 5/21).