Over 9 million children in America could lose their health care insurance very soon. There is infighting among the Republicans over many issues like military spending, immigration, etc. The result of all this is that the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are left with no other choice to pass the short-term spending bill.
The federal authorities have time until Friday to send the necessary money to the states. The states run the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with the federal government. If they do not get the money on time, then many states will be forced to shut CHIP.
As many of the 11 states will run short of CHIP funds, the state governments will have to cancel the program in the 11 states by the end of February. This number will double by March end. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is surprised with the government’s insipid approach to CHIP as funding the program for a decade could save $6 billion for the federal government.
The work done by the Congress for CHIP so far since last year has not been enough. The lawmakers need to act soon in order to prevent a disaster that is all set to explode.