Letters to the Editor

Shutting out kids

In terms of children's education, there is a lot of controversy about the success of "No Child Left Behind." Unfortunately, in terms of children's health, there is little doubt about the thousands of children who will be "left behind" if President Bush's budget proposals are approved.

President Bush's recent budget proposals, if ultimately approved by Congress, would drop an estimated 248,000 California children currently enrolled in the Healthy Families insurance program, according to the 2005 California Health Interview Survey and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

In addition, 37,000 children who are currently eligible for health insurance coverage under the current rules, but are not enrolled, would no longer be able to apply for the program.

What ever happened to compassionate conservatism?

Philip Traynor