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Republicans’ failure on health care is unacceptable
The Hill

This year, Washington has wasted months in an often-misguided debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And, while this debate has raged within one political party, two important programs have been forgotten: the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has expired and the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program was left to be slashed at the beginning of this month.

Both programs have traditionally enjoyed very broad bipartisan support. I partnered with a Republican colleague in our legislature to fund Pennsylvania’s first-in-the-nation CHIP program. And, in 2015, the CHIP program was reauthorized with language that prevented cuts to DSH payments by a decisive margin of 92-8 in the Senate and 392-37 in the House