Huckabee holds a child at a South Carolina campaign stop in early December. While governor of Arkansas, he pushed for an expansion of government health insurance for children of working-class people who earned too much to qualify for Medicaid. Huckabee introduced it in the Legislature in January 1997, and it received bipartisan support. He signed the bill into law with a crayon, surrounded by children. He then made TV ads encouraging families to sign up. According to a report by the University of Minnesota, the percentage of uninsured children in Arkansas dropped from 22% in 1997 to 9% in 2004 — the largest percentage-point drop of any state in the nation.
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