The GOP’s Struggles to Re-Authorize CHIP Is a Devastating Indictment

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On Tuesday, health care activists and Democrats celebrated the defeat of Graham-Cassidy, the GOP’s third attempt to repeal Obamacare since President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Thanks to reams of bad press and highly visible protests in the Capitol led by groups like ADAPT, Maine’s Susan Collins on Monday became the third senator to oppose the bill, effectively making it dead on arrival. The following day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to shelve the bill without putting it to a vote.

But the last-ditch repeal effort, meant to be passed by a September 30 deadline, may have another cost: the health insurance of nearly nine million children. What’s more frustrating still is that there is no reason for it to have gotten