Over the weekend, Republicans pulled off their first significant legislative victory in the Trump era with their tax reform. Several Senate Republicans who seemed to be helping America (Corker, Flake, McCain) all decided to vote in favor of the tax break for the wealthy.
Considering corporations and the wealthiest Americans will all be lining their pockets with more money, one could assume that the government has enough money to help sick children, but that is not the case.
The GOP denied the reauthorization of funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Government funding for the critical program expired on September 30th. Millions of children from low-income families depend on the program to survive.
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) explained why Republicans snubbed sick children:
But let me tell you something. We’re going to do CHIP, there’s no question about it in my mind. It has to be done the right way. But we—the reason CHIP is having trouble is because we don’t have money anymore. We just add more and more spending and more and more spending, and you can look at the rest of the bill for the more and more spending.
In other words, giving billionaires tax breaks is more critical than helping children with cancer. The hypocrisy is mind-boggling considering Sen. McCain himself is suffering from a deadly form of brain cancer.