On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act with Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter’s (R-Ga.) support. The legislation extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years.
Carter supported this legislation in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and spoke in support of the bill’s passage during consideration.
“We’re here over a month late to reauthorize CHIP, while the families of 9 million children are holding their breath to see whether their kids are going to have health insurance,” said Carter.“We’re bringing this up now because my colleagues on the other side of the aisle asked us to delay, and in good faith, we did.
“Over 232,000 children in Georgia rely on CHIP for their health insurance. My constituents are asking why we’ve delayed it. I am sad to tell them that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle decided to delay our efforts to pass the bill out of the Energy and Commerce Committee and they then decided to delay bringing the bill to the floor for a vote.
“I would hope they have a good reason for these delaying tactics, but the truth is that they opposed a provision requested by President Obama in his fiscal year 2013 – fiscal year 2017 budgets that has a minor impact on the highest earners under Medicare.
“This is politics at its worst, and I stand here today to say enough is enough.
“The Energy and Commerce Committee’s markup of this bill was stalled three times because our friends decided to oppose a policy the previous Administration supported. When the American people tell us that they are fed-up with partisan politics, this is exactly what they are talking about.”