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Will Congress play politics by killing healthcare for 2 million children?
Los Angeles Times

In the fetid swamp that is America’s healthcare coverage system, there has been one consistent ray of light: medical coverage for children. Credit for that belongs to the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which was established in 1997 as an add-on to Medicaid with special rules and funding. Since its enactment, the uninsured rate for children under 18 has been cut in half, from 14% in 1997 to 7% in 2012.

Now that progress is under threat. CHIP funding is scheduled to expire on Sept. 31. Congressional action is required to extend it. If your guess is that the Republican Congressional majority is plotting to cut the program back–if it extends funding at all–you guessed right.