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Pallone Statement on CHIP & CHC Reauthorization

Oct 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today on reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Community Health Centers and other public health laws:

“It’s clear that House Republicans want to use reauthorization of children’s health insurance and Community Health Centers as a way to further undermine the Affordable Care Act and weaken Medicare.  Republicans remain fixated on sabotaging the ACA anyway they can.  I reject the premise that we can only offer health care to children by taking it away from others, and, to date, Republicans refuse to budge in that regard.  For weeks, I’ve said that a partisan Republican bill puts health care at risk for millions of children and families, and unfortunately that appears to be the path House Republicans are prepared to take.

“This week, the President has acted maliciously to jeopardize the health care of millions of Americans, and House Republicans are simply following the President’s lead in looking for any opportunity to sabotage the ACA.”