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The Schumer Shutdown’s Devastating Effect On Children’s Healthcare

- January 19, 2018

BY VOTING AGAINST FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT, DEMOCRATS ARE HURTING KIDS WHO RELY ON THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR HEALTHCARE

Senator Jon Tester Put 44,688 Children's Health Care At Risk When He Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) In Regards To CHIP Funding Tweeted That It Was Time The "Congress Act And Provide Certainty For Montana Kids." "It's now been 100 days since #CHIP funding expired. It's time that Congress act and provide certainty for Montana kids. #mtpol." (Sen. Jon Tester, Twitter Feed , 1/8/18)

In 2016, The Population Of Montana Under The Age Of 18 Was 227,611. ("Total Population By Child And Adult Populations," Kids Count Data Center , Accessed 1/19/18)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In Montana In FY 2016 Was 44,688, This Means That 19.63 Percent Of Children In Montana Are At Risk Of Losing Health Care. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)

Senator Debbie Stabenow Put 82,693 Children's Health Care At Risk When She Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Once Stated That It Was "Important That We Act" To Pass An Appropriation For The Children's Health Insurance Program. SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): "People are counting on community health centers and they are counting on the Children's Health Insurance Program in order to make sure they have the care they need for themselves and their families. It is important that we act. We could act right now. This is bipartisan." (Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Congressional Record , 12/20/17, p. S8166)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In Michigan In FY 2016 Was 82,693. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)

Senator Bob Casey Put 342,268 Children's Health Care At Risk When He Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) Once Claimed That "It Is A Total Failure Of Government" To Not Fund CHIP And Called A Failure To Do So An "Insult To The Country." SENATOR BOB CASEY (D-PA): "We know CHIP expired on September 30. It is a total failure of the government to allow that to happen. It is hard to comprehend that even as some are debating about the size of a corporate tax break, which will be permanent, there is uncertainty, and any uncertainty about the Children's Health Insurance Program is also an insult to the country." (Sen. Bob Casey, Congressional Record , 12/14/17, p. S8030)

In 2016, The Population Of Pennsylvanian Under The Age Of 18 Was 2,674,805. ("Total Population By Child And Adult Populations," Kids Count Data Center , Accessed 1/19/18)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In Pennsylvania In FY 2016 Was 342,268, This Means That 12.80 Percent Of Children In Pennsylvania Are At Risk Of Losing Health Care. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)

Senator Tammy Baldwin Put 171,552 Children's Health Care At Risk When She Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Called It "Immoral And Irresponsible" For Congress To Be Unable To Reach An Agreement On CHIP Funding And Called For Congress To "Step Up And #ExtendCHIP Now." "It is immoral and irresponsible for children's health care to be threatened by Washington's inability to get the job done on funding it. Let's step up and #ExtendCHIP now." (Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Twitter Feed , 1/13/18)

In 2016, The Population Of Wisconsin Under The Age Of 18 Was 1,287,693. ("Total Population By Child And Adult Populations," Kids Count Data Center , Accessed 1/19/18)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In Wisconsin In FY 2016 Was 171,552, This Means That 13.32 Percent Of Children In Wisconsin Are At Risk Of Losing Health Care. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)

Senator Sherrod Brown Put 223,583 Children's Health Care At Risk When He Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Once Claimed That "Healthcare For Our Kids Shouldn't Be Controversial" And That It Was Time For Congress To "Do Their Jobs And Extend CHIP." SENATOR SHERROD BROWN (D-OH): "Healthcare for our kids shouldn't be controversial. It never was until this recent Senate and until this recent President was sworn in. It shouldn't be partisan. It should be easy. It is a program created 20 years ago. It was bipartisan. It has always been bipartisan. It still has bipartisan support today, except that the Speaker of the House down the hall and the majority leader a little closer to us just simply don't want to pass it. We passed the CHIP extension out of the Finance Committee. It is ready to go. Republican leaders could put it on the floor today, and it would pass. I am guessing that it would pass with no more than 5 or 10 'no' votes. I want my colleagues to explain to Noble's mother Crystal and to explain to other mothers and fathers like her why corporate tax cuts are more important than their children's health. This is about whose side you are on. Do we work for the corporations that send our jobs overseas, do we work for those companies that line up hungrily for tax breaks, or do we work for families who just want the peace of mind so they can take their kids to the doctor? It is past time for folks in Congress, with taxpayer-funded healthcare, to do their jobs and extend CHIP." (Sen. Sherrod Brown, Congressional Record , 1/9/18, p. S101)

In 2016, The Population Of Ohio Under The Age Of 18 Was 2,612,172. ("Total Population By Child And Adult Populations," Kids Count Data Center , Accessed 1/19/18)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In Ohio In FY 2016 Was 223,583, This Means That 8.56 Percent Of Children In Ohio Are At Risk Of Losing Health Care. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)

Senator Bill Nelson Put 374,884 Children's Health Care At Risk When He Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Once Claimed That He Wanted His Colleagues To Show "As Much Urgency For Some Of The Other Things We Should Be Doing In The Senate" Like Funding The CHIP Program. "It would be nice if our colleagues showed as much urgency for some of the other things we should be doing in the Senate, such as providing millions of kids with health insurance through the CHIP program or helping folks recover from the massive hurricanes this year, including the millions of people in Puerto Rico who are still without reliable electricity or drinking water." (Sen. Bill Nelson, Congressional Record , 12/18/17, p. 8061)

In 2016, The Population Of Florida Under The Age Of 18 Was 4,146,712. ("Total Population By Child And Adult Populations," Kids Count Data Center , Accessed 1/19/18)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In Florida In FY 2016 Was 374,884, This Means That 9.04 Percent Of Children In Florida Are At Risk Of Losing Health Care. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)

Senator Kamala Harris Put 2,022,213 Children's Health Care At Risk When She Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) Stated That Congress "Must Keep Fighting" To Ensure Children Have Access To Health Care And That Congress Should Be Able To Pass "Long-Term Reauthorization" To Help Fund CHIP. "'We must also keep fighting to ensure that every American has access to health care, especially our children. Right now, the parents of 9 million children across this country-including 1.3 million children in California-worry whether they will be able to take their child to the doctor the next time they are sick. That is not right. The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has long had bipartisan support, but this Republican Congress has time and again put politics ahead of public health. If the majority can permanently cut taxes for the top one percent, they can act now to pass a long-term reauthorization of CHIP, community health centers, and other public health programs with bipartisan support.'" (Press Release, "Harris Statement On Opposition To Stopgap Spending Bill," Office Of Senator Kamala Harris , 12/21/17)

In 2016, The Population Of California Under The Age Of 18 Was 9,092,863. ("Total Population By Child And Adult Populations," Kids Count Data Center , Accessed 1/19/18)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In California In FY 2016 Was 2,022,213, This Means That 22.24 Percent Of Children In California Are At Risk Of Losing Health Care. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)

Senator Kristen Gillibrand Put 684,625 Children's Health Care At Risk When She Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), In Reference To The Funding Of CHIP, Tweeted Congress "Cannot Leave This [CHIP] Unresolved Any Longer." "Nearly 9 million children across the country are waiting desperately for Congress to pass adequate, long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. We cannot leave this unresolved any longer." (Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, Twitter Feed , 1/3/18)

In 2016, The Population Of New York Under The Age Of 18 Was 4,180,559. ("Total Population By Child And Adult Populations," Kids Count Data Center , Accessed 1/19/18)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In New York In FY 2016 Was 684,625, This Means That 16.38 Percent Of Children In New York Are At Risk Of Losing Health Care. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)

Senator Cory Booker Put 684,625 Children's Health Care At Risk When He Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), In Reference To The CHIP Funding, Wrote That Congress Needed To "Reinstate This Program Immediately Before States Run Out Of Funds." "The Children's Health Insurance Program, known as "CHIP," is a vital program that covers millions of children -- but in September, Senate Republicans let it expire, choosing instead to continue pursuing their failed Trumpcare efforts. Since its creation 20 years ago, this program has produced dramatic results, driving down the percentage of our children who do not have health coverage from about 14% down to 5%. We need to reinstate this program immediately before states run out of funds to continue providing health insurance for millions of American kids." (Senator Cory Booker, Facebook , 10/26/17)

In 2016, The Population Of New Jersey Under The Age Of 18 Was 1,984,752. ("Total Population By Child And Adult Populations," Kids Count Data Center , Accessed 1/19/18)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In New Jersey In FY 2016 Was 230,960, This Means That 11.64 Percent Of Children In New Jersey Are At Risk Of Losing Health Care. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)

Senator Bernie Sanders Put 684,625 Children's Health Care At Risk When He Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Claimed Not Funding CHIP Would Cause "Unnecessary Confusion And Stress For Working Families And Their Children." "'If CHIP is not reauthorized, 9 million children in working families will lose their health insurance. These children are covered by CHIP because their families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private health insurance. Anything short of a full CHIP reauthorization will cause unnecessary confusion and stress for working families and their children. And this re-authorization must not be offset by slashing the prevention fund or other unacceptable offsets.'" (Press Release, "Sanders Demands Congress Protect Dreamers, Fund CHCs & CHIP Before Going Home," Senator Bernie Sanders , 12/20/17)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In Vermont In FY 2016 Was 5,305. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)

Senator Elizabeth Warren Put 684,625 Children's Health Care At Risk When She Voted Against The Continuing Resolution

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Stated That Children's Health Should Not Be "On The Back Burner." "Mr. President, on September 30, the Children's Health Insurance Program expired. It has now been 25 days since the Congress has put our children's health and well-being on the back burner. My colleagues and I do not think that children's health belongs on the back burner. So we have come to the floor of the Senate to spend the afternoon speaking up for kids. Thank you to everyone who joins me today to say that we should not wait any longer to make sure that children, community health centers, and new mothers have access to the healthcare programs that they need." (Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Congressional Records , 10/25/17, p. S6805)

In 2016, The Population Of Massachusetts Under The Age Of 18 Was 1,378,102. ("Total Population By Child And Adult Populations," Kids Count Data Center , Accessed 1/19/18)

The Total Of Children Enrolled In The CHIP Program In Massachusetts In FY 2016 Was 185,578, This Means That 13.47 Percent Of Children In Massachusetts Are At Risk Of Losing Health Care. ("Program Enrollment And Spending - CHIP," MACPAC , Accessed 1/19/18)


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