We’re now 67 days into the Children’s Health Insurance Program limbo created by the Republican Congress’ refusal to pass funding. The situation is so dire that Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker, the guy who has done everything in his power to make life as miserable and humiliating as possible for all the people who can’t afford campaign contributions to him, is pleading with the Republican Congress to pass funding, and soon.
Walker on Tuesday sent House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a letter urging renewal of the program that faces an uncertain future in Congress.
Walker’s call echoes that made by Democrats in Wisconsin who have also been pushing for renewal.
CHIP provides low-cost coverage to children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The program helps to cover nearly 118,000 children in Wisconsin.
The frustration among governors is bipartisan. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is practically pulling his hair out.
“How did we get to this point?” Hickenlooper said on a Tuesday afternoon conference call with reporters. “To be honest, no one has explained to me why (it hasn’t been renewed). We know there’s the votes in the Senate, and we know there’s the votes in the House. But it is not coming out of committee.”
And it’s still not a priority in any of the negotiation Republican leadership is conducting, probably because the only negotiating happening is with the House nihilists, and they’d just as soon put all those sick kids in a work house.
Folks, when Scott Walker is sounding the alarm, this is deadly serious.
Jam the phone lines of House and Senate Republicans. Call (202) 224-3121, and tell him to stop holding kids hostage and to pass a clean funding bill for CHIP and community health centers.