She also said that the House GOP’s voting to defund Obamacare was “one of the most intentional acts of brutality.” Yes, worse than partial-birth abortion; worse than bombing Syria; worse than giving terrorists in the Middle East war weapons to use to terrorize innocent Syrian civilians. Worse than all that is voting to defund what Obamacare author Max Baucus called a “train wreck.” Predictably, Pelosi pulled the “for-the-children” card:
If the underlying bill were not bad enough, if there were not reason enough to say, ‘No, are you kidding? No,’ then they cloak it in wolf’s clothing and say they are going to defund the Affordable Care Act. And you know what that’s about? That’s simply about putting their friends the insurance companies back in charge of medical decisions for your families. But it goes farther than that. If that were not bad enough, it slashes the strongly bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program by 70%, effectively eliminating an initiative that provides much needed healthcare to millions of low-income children. Let me remind my colleagues that that bill passed the United States Senate in a bipartisan way with a veto-proof majority. A veto-proof majority. But that’s not good enough for you. You’ve got to slash it by 70% to harm those children… Either you don’t know what you are doing or this is one of the most intentional acts of brutality that you have cooked up with stiff competition for that honor. It cuts billions of dollars again I say, from the National Institutes of Health, delaying important research and denying medical breakthroughs for future generations.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that she referred to was set to expire at the end of this month, but Obamacare renewed it. So, by the GOP’s “brutal” act in voting to defund Obamacare, they also voted to let CHIP expire.
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