Taking Texas And The Nation Back

Texas Fails Its Children

Posted by nytexan on May 4, 2007

First let me say that the Texas Legislature has done a few positive things like the moratorium on the Trans Texas Corridor and overriding the vaccine bill. However, I’m not sure how this session has set here priorities things seem to be a little out of balance.

Here’s what’s on the Texas Legislature’s Plate: Putting “Under God” in the Texas pledge; Voter identity laws for the imaginary voter fraud. I’m sure there are many more BS bills headed to the floor. Unfortunately, we have a grave crisis here that the Legislature is not addressing or moving backwards on, Texas children.  

Here are some facts  from Dig Deeper Texas about Texas Children:

* Texas has the highest rate of uninsured children in the nation, with 20.2% lacking coverage, compared to 11.6% nationally. (2006 U.S. Census)

* More than 80% of uninsured children have at least one working parent. (U.S. Census)

* More than half of the 1.4 million uninsured Texas children are eligible for but not enrolled in CHIP or Children’s Medicaid.

* According to the Texas Department of Insurance, the average cost of private family insurance is $11,000 a year, or $917 a month.

* The average cost of care for a 4yr old in an urban area child care center is greater than the average annual cost of tuition at a public college.

* Only 8% of children eligible for child care in Texas will receive a subsidy.

* More than 1 out of every 5 Texas children (21.8%) lives in poverty.

This is disgraceful, the Legislature should be ashamed of themselves worring about voter fraud when children are suffering. Texas has slipped so far down the food chain in social responsibility.  It’s time to speak out for change.


4 Responses to “Texas Fails Its Children”

  1. Makes me scared..very scared for the Lone Star State.

  2. nytexan said

    It is but a few of Perry and the Legislature’s failings.

  3. It is heartbreaking. We talked to a Houston mom yesterday who did everything right several times and still lost coverage for her children including one who was fighting cancer. It took 6 months for her to fix it, again with her doing everything right multiple times. If a six month fight is the result that a desperate mother with a sick child receives, I cannot even imagine the results a family that isn’t in crisis would receive. Sort of explains that 1.4 million that are eligible but not receiving health coverage. You have probably seen this already but it is always worth another look.
    I have a printed copy on my desk for days that I wake up feeling unmotivated and it gives me cause to blog.

  4. nytexan said

    There is no excuse for a family in crisis to have to go through what that Houston mom endured. I don’t even know where to begin to help these kids. Maybe just constant calling to our reps. or a petition.

    Thanks for the link I will check it out.

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