MSNB host Stephanie Ruhle expressed her frustration and sadness over Republican lawmakers who refuse to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a federal program that covers about 9 million children whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford private insurance.
Ruhle told her panel and viewers:
A pediatrician from the children’s hospital in Philadelphia, one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, wrote a piece for the Washington Post. I want to share what he wrote.
“Every day I see patients in my practice who stand to lose their health care if Congress does not act to extend CHIP funding. Those of us on the front lines of medicine who care for children and families with limited resources remember well the time that we turned children away solely because their families were working hard to raise themselves out of poverty.”
Ruhle turned to guest Eddie Glaude Jr. of the African-American studies department at Princeton University, and asked:
Help me, Eddie. States had enough money for a few months, but it truly is running out. We’re going to face January, and states like Colorado have warned people your kids won’t be insured. Why don’t they have money for this? This seems like such — America voted for bipartisanship. They voted because they felt like President Trump was not an ideologue and he would be pragmatic. Help me understand why there wouldn’t be the money for this.
Glaude replied: “Well, there’s kind of cruelty and callousness that kind of rule the day.”
(Source: MSNBC via YouTube)