Healthcare

House Republicans Attach CHIP Funding to Obamacare Cuts

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It's been over a month since funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired and House Republicans have finally voted to advance a bill to restore funding, but the vote ended up passing along party lines.

The overwhelming majority of Democrats voted against the House GOP bill to restore funding because they tied it to cuts for preventive healthcare, among other things.

Almost every Democrat voted no because the bill pays for CHIP by cutting more than $10 billion from Obamacare’s public health and prevention fund, and by raising Medicare fees for higher-income senior citizens.

The bill also cuts the grace period for people who miss a payment on their health insurance premiums from 90 days to 30, a change expected to cause about 700,000 people to lose their insurance.

These are not 1:1 cuts, meaning these cuts to Obamacare are not exactly intended to pay for CHIP funding. CHIP costs the federal government between $13 to $14 billion per year and this 5-year authorization bill includes just $10 billion in cuts for things like vaccinations and screenings.

This is just the latest attempt to undermine the law, not to actually pay for health insurance for children.

The good news, depending on your perspective, is that the Senate isn't going to pass this bill. The bad news is CHIP funding won't be restored until congressional Republicans stop playing grabass. They love grabass.

  • notoriousbob

    Cue ‘my’ Senator Blunt posting something on social media about how Democrats voted against CHIP and how despicable this is.

  • Aynwrong

    Children can keep their healthcare if senior citizens don’t. Governance by extortion. Venal, whoring degenerates.

  • muselet

    Despicable.

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      Exactly. And yet the far Left keeps popping up and chirping, “But both parties are the same!!”

  • Badgerite

    I knew they would do this. Allowing the CHIP ( Children’s Health Insurance Program) to expire was clearly intentional and the only reason to intentionally do that is to use it as some kind of pressure point to get Democratic votes later or to try to blame the expiration of the program on Democrats. The Goop party under Ryan is nothing if not predictable.

  • ninjaf

    Grabass appears to be the only reason Republicans go to the House. Because it certainly isn’t to govern.

    Once again, the people who rail so hard against Hillary will be hurt the most. Cutting off their noses to spite her face.

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