Republicans let a health care program for 9 million kids expire, and Trump isn't even thinking about it much less planning to do anything about it.
Nine million kids in America are about to lose their health care, and Donald Trump couldn’t care less.
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expired on Oct. 1, and several states are warning American that their children’s coverage could be terminated, but neither Trump nor fellow Republicans in Congress have done anything about it.
And according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, it’s not even a topic of discussion at the White House.
Asked during Thursday’s briefing whether Trump wants the program reauthorized, Sanders answered, “I haven’t had that specific conversation with him.”
So why did this funding expire? Simple. Because Republicans who control the House and Senate didn’t consider reauthorization a priority.
Instead of making sure those 9 million children will continue to have health care, they spent September trying — unsuccessfully — to repeal Obamacare. Despite calls from Democrats and activists — and Hillary Clinton, who helped create the program when she was first lady — to make sure SCHIP doesn’t expire, Republicans ignored the deadline.
In October, House Republicans continued to ignore the problem they had created, focusing instead on two different bills to restrict access to safe, legal abortion.
In November, Republicans devoted their time to a disastrous tax hike on middle-class families.
Now, as families brace to lose health coverage for their children, Trump and congressional Republicans are singularly focused on trying to pass their deeply unpopular tax bill, without a thought for those 9 million kids.
Maybe after they raise taxes on working families to give massive handouts to billionaires and corporations, they’ll at least find the time to have a conversation about it.