Rush Statement on CHIP Vote
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement today pursuant to his NO vote on H.R. 3922, the CHAMPION Act, which would reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP):
“My vote today should not be taken as a reflection of any lack of support for CHIP on my part. Instead, it should be seen for what it is: a protest against the Republican majority’s desire to rob Peter to pay Paul.
“CHIP is a vital tool in providing health coverage to the youngest Americans. In fact, CHIP is responsible for providing healthcare coverage for 9 million Americans, 1.6 million of which live in Illinois. This program is particularly important in my district where, as the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families estimates, nearly 42% of children have healthcare coverage because of CHIP.
“While I strongly support the CHIP program, I cannot support a bill that would cut over $6 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. I cannot support a bill that would force over 600,000 Americans to lose healthcare coverage. I cannot support a bill that would deny seniors access to Medicare.
“For these reasons, I voted NO. As we go forward on this issue, I hope we can work together to find agreement on reauthorizing this vital program.”