I've been told that the best way to deal with someone who finally comes around to your way of thinking after resisting for a long time is to pretend he's always agreed with you. With that in mind, let me just say how nice it is to see this.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Thursday that he has been persuaded to drop his opposition to a House bill expanding coverage in the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Dewhurst has been under pressure from community activists and children's advocates to give a year of coverage instead of requiring families to reapply every six months.
"I have been increasingly persuaded to go to a one-time paper application for 12 months' eligibility," Dewhurst said in an interview.
He added that he wants some income checks for families whose incomes are near the upper limits but that those families would not have to complete a new application.
Dewhurst said he thinks the majority of the Senate will support expansion of CHIP, the government-subsidized health insurance program for working families.
"I want and I believe my colleagues want to ensure that any and all children eligible under the CHIP program are covered," he said.
Barbara Best, Texas director of the Children's Defense Fund, applauded Dewhurst's change of heart.
"We thank him for doing the right thing. This is an excellent step he is taking to improve children's health coverage in Texas," Best said.
Meanwhile, the Observer notes that among the myriad explanations being offered for the drop in CHIP re-enrollments, don't overlook the obvious one: that the Accenture fiasco had a large role in it. We're going to pay for that mess for years to come. Heck of a job, Albert.Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 04, 2007 to Budget ballyhoo