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Making the Most of President Obama's Re-election: Ending Child Poverty in America

Irwin Redlener, M.D.

On November 6, 2012, the country re-elected President Barack Obama to a second term. While the results of this election indicate that the country is still deeply divided politically, it is imperative that our leaders in Washington come together to move forward in making children a priority.

Now more than ever, it is critical that the needs of children, particularly the 22% living in poverty, are addressed by President Obama’s administration and the new 113th Congress. In his first term, the President enacted many critical initiatives for children. This includes the passage of a landmark health reform law, which will provide over five million uninsured children with insurance coverage and millions of insured kids with better access to quality health care once it is fully implemented.

I look forward to working with the Administration and the new Congress. There is still much work to be done to ensure universal access to health care for all kids, as well as to continue to address the many facets of child poverty. I implore the leaders in Washington to put politics aside and protect the right of all children, even those living in poverty, to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.