House Republicans pass sham Children’s Health bill, put 9 million kids in jeopardy

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The House Republicans, along with a handful of not-very-bright Democrats, passed their poisoned Children’s Health Insurance Program funding bill Friday, 242-174. This is not a children’s health bill. This is an Obamacare and Medicare sabotage bill. It jeopardizes the CHIP program even more than if it hadn’t passed because this bill is too poisoned to pass the Senate, which means it will create further delays as the Senate and House have to figure out a compromise. And at this point, 34 days after the funding authorization for the program has expired, every day that passes makes it harder for states to keep the program going and plan for its future. Every day that passes puts more kids in jeopardy of losing their coverage.

The bill contains several poison pills, including making Medicare premiums more expensive for some higher-income beneficiaries. Because it wouldn’t be a Republican “health” bill if

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House Republicans pass sham Children’s Health bill, put 9 million kids in jeopardy

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The House Republicans, along with a handful of not-very-bright Democrats, passed their poisoned Children’s Health Insurance Program funding bill Friday, 242-174. This is not a children’s health bill. This is an Obamacare and Medicare sabotage bill. It jeopardizes the CHIP program even more than if it hadn’t passed because this bill is too poisoned to pass the Senate, which means it will create further delays as the Senate and House have to figure out a compromise. And at this point, 34 days after the funding authorization for the program has expired, every day that passes makes it harder for states to keep the program going and plan for its future. Every day that passes puts more kids in jeopardy of losing their coverage.

The bill contains several poison pills, including making Medicare premiums more expensive for some higher-income beneficiaries. Because it wouldn’t be a Republican “health” bill if

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It’s not just tax cuts for the super-rich day, it’s day 33 without Children’s Health funding

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Somebody’s hair really needs to be on fire on Capitol Hill. Preferably, everybody’s. House Speaker Paul Ryan and team introduced what should be called the “Tax Cuts for Donald Trump and Cronies” bill with big fanfare and a press conference today. No one in the traditional media bothered to remind them of the fact that they aren’t even competent enough to fund a program that has massive bipartisan support and is providing health care to 9 million children.

It is a fundamental failure in governing and morality on the part of the Republican Congress. While they don’t seem to give a damn, the people who are charged with taking care of children are on full alert.

The children most at risk of losing CHIP coverage soon are likely those who reside in states running out of funds quickly with separate CHIP programs. At least six states—Arizona, California, the District of Columbia,

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McConnell so toxic, almost two dozen GOP Senate candidates decline to back him as leader

This is absolutely stunning reporting from The Hill:

The Hill asked nearly two dozen Senate candidates this week if they would support McConnell as leader if elected. Not one campaign said outright that they would support him, although two candidates appear to have expressed support in the past.

Several candidates declared their opposition to McConnell and attacked their GOP primary opponents for not taking a stance on the question. Other candidates deflected, or spoke on background about the bind they’re in over the question of McConnell’s leadership. Most candidates were eager to avoid the question entirely, and ignored multiple requests for comment.

Well, that gives us a sense of who’s winning the McConnell vs. Steve Bannon “war” in which everyone is staking out a position. Republican hopefuls won’t touch McConnell with a 10-foot pole, even as the guy who essentially helped create the GOP’s ruling class, Karl Rove, tagged Bannon

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Dean Heller gets something out of bad Trumpcare vote—money from McConnell PAC

Taking really, really horrible votes after weeks of waffling and seeing his popularity tank has at least one reward for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have put him in a horrible political position, but at least his Super PAC is paying up.

“We were Senator Heller’s biggest independent supporter in 2012 and we expect to be in 2018,” said Steven Law, McConnell’s former chief of staff who now oversees the Senate Leadership Fund. “In general, senators casting tough votes have to be concerned about downstream political consequences. We will have their backs.”
Law insisted he was not necessarily talking about the health care vote(s). But Heller’s variety of positions during the votes last week have made him vulnerable in both a primary and a general election, with one Democratic polling firm placing his approval rating at either 22 percent or 29 percent. Even though those

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Freedom Caucus rears its ugly head, as usual, on debt ceiling and, as usual, heats up GOP civil war

Remember how on Thursday everyone in Republican leadership had decided there had to be a “clean” debt ceiling hike this fall, including former House Freedom Caucus guy and current OMB Director Mick Mulvaney?

Yeah, well about that.

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They can point to this for back up (proving yet again there’s an old Trump tweet for every occasion).

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2013

As of now, Mulvaney insists “There’s no infighting within the administration about the debt ceiling.” Give it a week or two, and Mulvaney’s old buddies in the Freedom Caucus putting pressure on him.

Just another

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Freedom Caucus rears its ugly head, as usual, on debt ceiling and, as usual, heats up GOP civil war

Remember how on Thursday everyone in Republican leadership had decided there had to be a “clean” debt ceiling hike this fall, including former House Freedom Caucus guy and current OMB Director Mick Mulvaney?

Yeah, well about that.

x

They can point to this for back up (proving yet again there’s an old Trump tweet for every occasion).

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2013

As of now, Mulvaney insists “There’s no infighting within the administration about the debt ceiling.” Give it a week or two, and Mulvaney’s old buddies in the Freedom Caucus putting pressure on him.

Just another

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