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Full Article: www.latimes.com...
Advocates for children’s health started worrying months ago that congressional incompetence would jeopardize the nation’s one indisputable healthcare success — the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has reduced the uninsured rate among kids from 14%, down to 5%, over the two decades of its existence.
Their fears turned out to be true. Funding for CHIP runs out tomorrow, and no vote on reestablishing the program’s $15-billion appropriation is expected for at least a week, probably longer. That’s the case even though CHIP is one of the few federal programs that has enjoyed unalloyed bipartisan support since its inception in 1997. The consequences will be dire in many states, which will have to curtail or even shut down their children’s health programs until funding is restored. Hanging in the balance is care for 9 million children and pregnant women in low-income households.
Is there any more poignant example of how Congress’ wasteful partisanship affects ordinary Americans? It’s hard to imagine one. If the lawmakers can’t act in support of a program that was enacted in a spirit of bipartisanship and serves the most truly defenseless members of society, there’s no hope for them.
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: carewemust
Anyway, my point is that I don't believe for a second that anyone just forgot. They just don't give a rats ass about anyone.
originally posted by: MOMof3
a reply to: DBCowboy
Half the children on chip are seriously ill or disabled. They have to have help affording their welfare. Course, with genetic testing and abortion, none would have to be born, if the nation wants to go that direction.