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WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans say it’s time to “move on” after the sudden defeat of their efforts to dismantle Obamacare. But the health policy break won’t last long: A key program providing health insurance for millions of kids will run out of federal funding in a matter of weeks, unless Congress acts.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, has long had strong bipartisan support; it provides health insurance for children in families with modest incomes that might be too high to qualify for Medicaid. Its authorization expires at the end of September, and at least five states will exhaust their leftover funds by the end of this year.


With that deadline looming, lawmakers and lobbyists are already eyeing a CHIP reauthorization bill as a potential vehicle for other priorities. Republicans could try to add language to repeal elements of Obamacare. Democrats might try to boost funding to stabilize the insurance markets.

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    • You stupid Americans deserve all you got with your president Trump. Enjoy your freedom to leave without tax-financed and state-regulated medical insurance and social contributions. Just die if you don’t have enough money to cover your health care costs. Enjoy your freedom to look at your kids suffering, if you don’t have enough money. What the heck, enjoy your individual freedom to look at your kids being starved to death, if you don’t have enough money. Welcome to poor Afric… I mean US. Just don’t sell us your idelogy and don’t try to influence European Union policies. I guess that in 2-3 years, you will see the value of Obama’s policy and progressive government. In case you don’t see it, enjoy the Trump and GOP – you voted for it.

    • Congress and Senate and staffers ARE on ACA. In fact, in all the repeal bills the Republicans tried to pass, the one amendment tacked onto all of those was the fact that Congress/Senate and their staff would retain ACA coverage, while all the rest of the country would have to fall under higher premiums and loss of coverage, no more lifetime caps, can get kicked off insurance for pre-existing conditions, financial hit to Medicaid, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood, etc.

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