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Children's Hospital Association CEO: Medicaid cuts put kids in "the firing line"

Lazaro Gamio / Axios

The Republican health care bill would slash Medicaid funding by $834 billion over the next decade, and hospitals have not taken kindly to that proposal. One hospital subgroup would be especially hurt by those cuts — children's hospitals.

Roughly half of the money a children's hospital collects, on average, comes from Medicaid. More than 30 million kids are on Medicaid, and another 6 million are on the Children's Health Insurance Program. Mark Wietecha, CEO of the Children's Hospital Association, has been pounding those messages to legislators on behalf of the country's 220 children's hospitals.

Wietecha spoke with me about the Republican bill (teaser: he believes it has nothing to do with health care anymore) and why the Medicaid cuts deserve more attention. Read on for an edited and condensed version of our conversation.