Day 16 since Children’s Health funding expired, and 2 weeks until Nevada freezes enrollments

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Unless the Children’s Health Insurance Program is reauthorized in the next two weeks, Nevada is probably going to be forced to freeze enrollments in the program, meaning no more families will be able to get health care for their sick kids.

The state is preparing to be completely out of federal funding for the program in about six weeks. The state budgeted for the money, so if it doesn’t come, they will have to have a special legislative session to try to figure out how to continue coverage for kids. Nevada isn’t the only state facing disaster. All of them are, just maybe not as immediately as Nevada.

Meanwhile, the House is out on recess for a week. And House Republicans are continuing to hold CHIP hostage, demanding damaging and untenable cuts to public health and to Medicare in exchange.

“It’s clear that House Republicans want to

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View from the Left: Republicans stand by as the nation goes to hell

After GOP Sen. Bob Corker raised the prospect last week that Donald Trump could propel us into World War III, House Speaker Paul Ryan responded to the horrific prospect this week with the fierce urgency of whatever.

They should just “talk it out” amongst themselves, Ryan told reporters Wednesday.

It was a revelation of sorts in the sense that it was hard to imagine Ryan carving out an even more useless space for himself in Washington than he has already been occupying. Conservative columnist Michael Gerson wrote:

So how does Ryan imagine a Corker/Trump conversation might unfold? Over dinner, Corker accuses the president of being a chaotic, directionless, shallow liar who could start a nuclear war. Trump passes the peas and attacks Corker for being short. This is, after all, the way gentlemen resolve their differences.

Trump, who has consistently fumed over the nettlesome nature of being president,

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Day 11 of no Children’s Health Insurance Program. Republicans still don’t care

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The Republican House is ready to head out early Thursday, while the Senate has spent the week away. No one in congressional leadership has acknowledged that every state is freaking the hell out of every state as they are trying to figure out budgets.

“CHIP has always had bipartisan support since it started 20 years ago,” said Jesse Cross-Call, senior policy analyst at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). “So it has really been a surprise that it’s taking this long to get it funded. Congress has never blown past the deadline before, so we’re in uncharted territory.”
Missing the deadline means an estimated 11 states will run out of federal CHIP money by the end of this year, and 32 states are expected to run out of money by March 2018, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. […]

Most states

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Republicans coming around to the idea that they won’t repeal Obamacare

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Republicans aren’t admitting that they’ve been full of shit for the past seven years, running on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare while never actually doing the work to come up with a plan for it, since they never thought they’d have to. But now with the thing that they didn’t think could happen—Republicans in control of the House, Senate, and White House—they are admitting that the promise they’ve been running on for seven years is probably not going to happen.

“Personally, I don’t” see it, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said. “I just don’t know how you can reconcile a bill you’ve taken two whiffs at already and couldn’t get the votes.”
Some sound almost resigned to the new reality. “I’d say it’s 50-50,” Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said of the prospect the law will remain in place. […]

Even if Republicans try again next

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Republicans coming around to the idea that they won’t repeal Obamacare

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Republicans aren’t admitting that they’ve been full of shit for the past seven years, running on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare while never actually doing the work to come up with a plan for it, since they never thought they’d have to. But now with the thing that they didn’t think could happen—Republicans in control of the House, Senate, and White House—they are admitting that the promise they’ve been running on for seven years is probably not going to happen.

“Personally, I don’t” see it, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said. “I just don’t know how you can reconcile a bill you’ve taken two whiffs at already and couldn’t get the votes.”
Some sound almost resigned to the new reality. “I’d say it’s 50-50,” Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said of the prospect the law will remain in place. […]

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University of Wisconsin says they will suspend and expel students for ‘disruptive’ protests

The University of Wisconsin has agreed on a new policy that would allow the school to hand out suspensions and even expel students who “disrupt campus speeches and presentations,” according to the Associated Press.

The Board of Regents adopted the language on a voice vote during a meeting at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie. The policy states that students found to have twice engaged in violence or other disorderly conduct that disrupts others’ free speech would be suspended. Students found to have disrupted others’ free expression three times would be expelled.

“Perhaps the most important thing we can do as a university is to teach students how to engage and listen to those with whom they differ,” system President Ray Cross told the regents. “If we don’t show students how to do this, who will? Without civil discourse and a willingness to listen and engage with different voices, all

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Republican House monsters demand pound of flesh for helping poor children, Puerto Ricans

The Republican House of Representatives is working on legislation to answer two critical and urgent needs—reauthorizing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and boosting Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico by $1 billion in the wake of Hurricane Maria. But there are unacceptable strings attached to their generosity. They’re not going to give something to vulnerable people without taking it away from someone else.

The legislation is the first Republican request to direct extra Medicaid money to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The island is still trying to deal with the severe damage it received from the storm.
The legislation from the House Energy and Commerce Committee mirrors a bipartisan proposal in the Senate Finance Committee, but it also includes some potentially controversial offsets.

For example, the House bill would repeal ObamaCare’s public health prevention fund and raise Medicare rates for wealthy seniors.

It is completely not

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