They're Not Your Kids, But Can You Really Just Look Away? Why the Midterms Matter
VALHALLA, N.Y: In an emotional call-to-action, President and CEO Larry Levine, Blythedale Children's Hospital, speaks about crucial impact midterm elections will have on children's healthcare.
33 million children, or 1 in 4 of our nation's children, are covered by Medicaid.
21% of the kids in our country suffer from a behavioral or mental disorder, such as depression or anxiety, with suicide now the second-leading cause of death for kids ages 10-19.
The legal immigrant parent, faced with the choice of using Medicaid, public housing, or food stamps, and the ensuing risk - according to Department of Homeland Security draft regulations - of being denied permanent resident status and the Green Card that allows you to work to support your kids.
"If these were your kids, and your family faced any of these problems, at the very least you'd want people running for office to tell you where they stand on these issues. They're not your kids, so you have the option of looking away. But, what if you considered all the children in our country as your own children — and felt it your responsibility to vote for legislators who are committed to protect them? Do not stay silent. Raise your voice on November 6 in the powerful way our democracy provides, on behalf of those who have no voice."