Jan 13, 2017 - Health

Liberals freaking out over using CHIP for Obamacare replacement

Here's a good reporting nugget in today's Washington Post Obamacare repeal story:

According to multiple GOP sources, Republicans are looking at whether to use reauthorizations of existing programs, such as the Children's Health Insurance Program, as vehicles for replacement measures. That could give them leverage to secure cooperation from Democrats.

Jonathan Chait, a liberal columnist for New York magazine, calls it "taking children's health care hostage." There's been some Twitter outrage, too.

Why it matters: There's nothing new about Congress using must-pass bills as vehicles for more controversial stuff. But this is a good sign that if Republicans try it with CHIP, the politics of Obamacare will get even uglier.

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