WASHINGTON ― Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he won’t vote for the latest version of the Republican tax bill unless leaders make it more generous for low-income families with children.
“I can’t in good conscience support it,” Rubio told reporters on Thursday.
Since Senate Democrats unanimously oppose the legislation, Republicans can lose only two votes in the chamber and still pass their bill. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) opposed an earlier version of the measure. ” MORE
“Jimmy Kimmel has issued another emotional plea for viewers to get involved in protecting affordable access to health care.
While holding his 7-month-old son Billy, who underwent a second heart surgery last week after being born with congenital heart disease, the late-night host discussed the Children’s Health Insurance Program(CHIP) on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night. The program is in jeopardy because Congress failed to secure funding in October. According to the Washington Post, CHIP provides low-cost health care to 9 million children across the country.” MORE
“Lawmakers allowed a program know as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, expire over the weekend. Congress missed a Sept. 30 deadline to extend the Clinton-era initiative.
While some states will still have funding through 2018, states such as Arizona, Minnesota, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. are at risk of running out of CHIP money by the end of December, the New York Daily News reported.
CHIP cost the federal government $13.6 billion in 2016 and provided varying benefits in each state. Such benefits include routine checkups, doctor visits, prescriptions and other services.” MORE
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a vocal opponent of the Obama-era program, will do the job instead on Tuesday. And he won’t be taking questions.” MORE
“The Affordable Care Act has survived yet another effort to snuff it out. And one reason is a simple reality that Republicans have rarely been willing to admit ― to their supporters, to the general public, and perhaps even to themselves.
It turns out “Obamacare” has made life better for a great many people.” MORE