As Congress returns after Thanksgiving, members face a complicated calendar. They must pass a budget bill by December 8 (or another continuing resolution and an eventual budget by year’s end) to keep the government from shutting down, deal with tax reform that is a priority of the President and the Republican Congress, and deal with another try at changing the Affordable Care Act—something that has now been tucked into tax reform.
And then there are some smaller things, including reinstating the Children’s Health Insurance Program that Congress allowed to lapse on September 30. What kind of society puts tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy ahead of medical care for its poorest children?
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was always a bipartisan effort—originally sponsored by Orin Hatch, a Utah Republican and Ted Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat. CHIP is a program for the children of the working poor; it covers…
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