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Republicans Cheer Lavish Tax Breaks for the Wealthy as Healthcare for 9 Million Children Hangs in the Balance

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“We’ve been forgetful of this given you and we were celebration out of a keg,” GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan pronounced in Mar to Rich Lowry, editor of the regressive National Review, regarding slicing Medicaid benefits.

After months of attempts to do so by repealing the Affordable Care Act, Ryan got closer than ever to his beer-soaked dreams, as Congress upheld a $1.5 trillion taxation plan. Ryan, Trump and Mitch McConnell distinguished this Christmas benefaction to the Koch brothers, which in further to providing generous, permanent taxation cuts for corporations cuts the corporate taxation rate to 21% (and the particular rate to 37), and strips vicious health caring protections from the public.

The GOP did this in finish secrecy, anticipating time to opinion mixed times in the center of the night for Ryan’s wealth-transfer fantasies, but unsuccessful to establish how to save the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) a bipartisan program that provides health insurance to bad children. Congress let CHIP’s appropriation finish at the finish of September, but as Vox reports, “States and the feds have been getting by with some artistic budgeting to make certain no kids are kicked off the rolls,” in the hopes Congress competence finally come up with a solution before the finish of the legislative session.


Joan Alker, the executive of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families told Vox that “Never before has Congress let CHIP appropriation relapse for this length of time…Families need the assent of mind as they conduct into this holiday deteriorate that their CHIP coverage will be secure.”

With the thoroughfare of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that dream seemed passed Wednesday afternoon, per a corner matter from senators Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins:

“[They] have asked Senator McConnell not to offer this week the legislation which eccentric analysts Avalere and Oliver-Wyman contend would revoke premiums by about 20 percent for the 9 million Americans who have no supervision subsidies to help them buy insurance in the particular market. Instead, we will offer it after the first of the year when the Senate will consider the omnibus spending bill, the Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization, appropriation for Community Health Centers, and other legislation that was to have been enacted this week.”

Thursday afternoon, CHIP was back from the passed or at slightest on life support, in the form of a refuge magnitude in the Continuing Resolution, the check that supports the supervision (and must be voted on by midnight Friday for the supervision to stay open), by March. As the Washington Examiner reported, it “gives CHIP $2.85 billion in new appropriation by the finish of March. It also includes $750 million in new income for village health centers and a special diabetes program that are also brief on funds.” 

This short-term fix is not the full-scale reauthorization that activists and Democratic lawmakers comparison were anticipating for, but a way to get Congress to determine on a spending check and equivocate a supervision shutdown. 

As of Thursday afternoon, time is using out. States have already begun to announce freezes for the programs. The Alabama Department of Public Health website has an meaningful notice above what is customarily its Al Kids (Alabama’s name for CHIP) territory saying: 

“Effective Jan 1, 2018, ALL Kids will no longer enroll children. All applications and renovation forms perceived on or after that date will be processed for Medicaid eligibility or referred to the Health Insurance Marketplace. Children now enrolled in ALL Kids will continue to accept advantages for now. If Congress does not act soon, coverage for active ALL Kids enrollees will be consummated effective Feb 1, 2018, regardless of the “Good Thru Date” on their ALL Kids insurance card.”

Activists and state supervision officials are mad that childrens’ lives are just another negotiate chip in the GOP’s frenzy to pass taxation cuts before the finish of the legislative year. On Tuesday, activists stormed Congress demanding reauthorization. Parents of sick children pleaded with members of Congress all over the country. “I am here to call on the Senate to do the right thing and deposit in the nation’s loyal future, deposit in the children, to save CHIP and to save children’s lives,” Sonja Reynolds, a mom of 5 children who have CHIP, explained to the New York Times. “CHIP is being used as a guaranty in incomparable debates and negotiations,”

Linda Nablo, the arch emissary executive of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, told the New York Times. Virginia has sent letters to 68,000 families at risk of losing coverage if an prolongation for the program is not secured. Colorado, which had been relying on check pot to fund CHIP, is on lane to be tapped out by the finish of January.

Erin Miller, clamp boss of health initiatives with the Colorado Children’s Campaign, told Public News Service that 90,000 children and profound women who rest on the program annually could remove coverage. She explained,”If we don’t have a sovereign pledge that financing for this program is going to continue, families are going to get letters vouchsafing them know that their coverage is ending, that they need to find new coverage…And so those letters are scheduled to go out at the finish of Dec given coverage is going to finish at the finish of January.”

Connecticut is also finale its program Jan 31.

Hours after the taxation check vote, activists were deliberation next steps. “This GOP ‘win’ is a detriment for all of us. It will means pain and pang for years to come,” Ezra Levin, co-executive executive of the Indivisible Project, pronounced in a statement. Angel Padilla, policy executive of Indivisible, told AlterNet, “it’s ashamed and infamous that this Congress has not extended CHIP funding. One of the lead authors is [Conservative Republican] Orrin Hatch, no reason not to pass.” Padilla emphasized that fluctuating the appropriation by Mar was “barely adequate” and that Congress is personification with a very critical issue. Nine million kids.” 

Because of the tiny prolongation however, Indivisible is not advocating that members of Congress decrease to opinion for a CR but a full reauthorization, as they are for a purify Dream Act, and insurance for the 800,000 Americans who came to America as children and are at risk of deportation. 

The pivotal for Democrats, Padilla continued, is to remember that check votes aren’t just about money, but about station up for approved values—a possibility “for Democrats to show what they’re for. They stayed together on healthcare, on taxes, now they can stay together…Dream, CHIP, disaster service [for Puerto Rico], stabilization for ACA, all of those things are a top priority.”


Ilana Novick is an AlterNet contributing author and prolongation editor.

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