Republican Congress Also Sends Thoughts and Prayers to Children Who Want Health Insurance

| OCT 2, 2017 | 8:00 PM
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The Republicans in Congress may have failed to strip health insurance from 25 million or so of their fellow Americans with their latest failure to pass Trumpcare.

So they settled for yanking it from a smaller group of Americans. And by smaller, I mean both numerically and in actual physical size.

From The Washington Post:

Congress just allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire. [...]

[CHIP] was instrumental in lowering the percentage of children who were uninsured from nearly 14 percent when it started to 4.5 percent in 2015. It was last reauthorized in 2015 and was due to be renewed by Sept. 30, 2017.

It turns out Congress was so busy trying to pass the last Trumpcare bill that it simply neglected to get around to reauthorizing CHIP by the deadline this past Saturday. The federal government pays most of CHIP's funding, with the states chipping in a bit. Some states will run out of that money by the end of the year, and more by March of 2018.

Unless Congress acts to restore the funding, which, given this Congress's track record of moving legislation, is not reassuring.

Congrats, GOP. Despite your repeated failures at repealing Obamacare, you managed to take federally funded health coverage away from a significant number of people anyway.

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