Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

President Obama and Children's Health

What a joy it was to hear President Obama’s words when he signed the children’s health bill into law yesterday:

“I refuse to accept that millions of our children fail to reach their full potential because we fail to meet their basic needs. In a decent society, there are certain obligations that are not subject to tradeoffs or negotiations, and health care for our children is one of those obligations.”

These words are music to ears of the thousands of members of the Children’s Alliance. We have been fighting for years for health care for every

child. Hearing this same vision echoed by our President gives me new hope and new energy to reach our goal of health coverage for every child in Washington State by 2010.

You can watch or read President Obama's speech online. 

His words underscore the concept behind our Kids are Counting on You online rally and campaign: all adults, and especially lawmakers, have a fundamental responsibility to meet children's most basic needs, and keep them from harm.