Pediatrician T.Berry Brazelton, in a recent Huffington Post blog The Bottom Line, reminds us that children must be a priority in post-election spending decisions. Unless Congress acts to come up with an alternate way to achieve the needed $1.2 trillion in savings, across-the-board budget cuts will take effect on Jan. 2, 2013. Dr. Brazelton argues that in order to provide the best we can for America’s children (22% of whom already live in poverty) we must continue to invest in them from the ground up, not cut crucial programs that do just that. The blog includes a link to The American Academy of Pediatrics website with additional resources that help explain which programs are on the chopping block and what the cuts will mean to maternal and child health programs in your state and to children across the country.
By Julie Weatherston |