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WAMC New York News
Thu August 23, 2007
Spitzer's Health Care Reform in Jeopardy?
By Dave Lucas
Albany, NY – New Federal rules are threatening Governor Eliot Spitzer's plan to make health care coverage universal for children in New York.
The Bush administration is fighting efforts by Congress, New York and 18 other states to expand health programs for children in low-income families... new rules, outlined in a letter sent to state health officials last Friday, would make it just about impossible for New York to go ahead with a plan to grant federally subsidized health insurance to tens of thousands of children who lack coverage. President Bush threatened to veto legislation - passed by bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress - that would give states money to insure millions more low- and moderate-income children. The White House says it wants to prevent the State Children's Health Insurance Program from becoming ``essentially a middle-class entitlement.''
Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.