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Poverty, Health, and Children: A Second Look

Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(5):507-508. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160290013002.
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Two years ago, in AJDC's May 1991 issue, we published a series of articles by individuals, spokespersons for professional societies, foundations, and other groups interested in the welfare of children in the United States. Now, 2 years later, we asked the same authors to report on whatever progress, or lack thereof, had occurred in the intervening period. In this issue we present 20 responses to that request.

The story is a mixed one. Some see a worsening of the conditions of the health care of children, largely based on an indifferent and inefficient governmental response, a worsening economy, and inappropriate national priorities. Others see some light, much of it based on the "end of the tunnel," ie, the intent of the Clinton administration. The latter has declared that children are a high priority, and that health care should be both accessible and affordable for all Americans. Such declarations inspire


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