Almost a decade ago, Santa Clara County began a novel program that sought to bring health care coverage to every child in the county who was without it. The plan combined government funding with private donations and cooperation from health plans. And it worked. The number of kids without coverage dropped from one in eight to just 3 percent as 171,000 children were added to the rolls. But now the economic downturn that has prompted government and foundation cutbacks threatens the program, which has been closed to new enrollments for three years. And the county wants voters to pass a parcel tax to save the program. Karen de Sa of the San Jose Mercury has the story here.