Leave children’s health off the bargaining table

To understand the deep level to which Congress is now mired in dysfunction, look to health insurance for children of low-income families.

Both Democrats and Republicans representing Washington state express wholehearted support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers children whose families earn just enough income not to qualify for Medicaid. But those lawmakers and their colleagues on both sides of the aisle can’t agree on a bill that would make sure nearly 9 million children, including close to 70,000 kids in Washington state, won’t lose access to health care.

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