Sep 19, 2013
A House Republican proposal to defund the Affordable Care Act would also devastate a program that insured over 8 million moderate-income children this year, Democrats said on Thursday.
Under the government funding bill proposed by the House — which includes Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) amendment defunding Obamacare — the Children’s Health Insurance Program would lose about $13.3 billion dollars, or 70 percent of its funding, on October 1. CHIP provides health insurance coverage to children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but still cannot afford private coverage. The program was set to expire at the end of this month, but the Affordable Care Act reauthorized and funded it through 2015.
“The Republicans’ newest plan to defund the Affordable Care Act would decimate a program that for nearly sixteen years has served millions of children,” Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce committee, said in a statement. “In the Republicans’ outrageous attempt to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, they are taking healthcare away from children. They have sunk to a new low.”