Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch – the longest-serving GOP Senator in U.S. history – was recently named “Utahn of the Year” for all the wrong reasons. This year, Sen. Hatch applauded the president’s decision to reduce the size of Democrat-appointed national monuments in Utah. Hatch also had no qualms about fattening up his paycheck when it came time to vote on the GOP’s tax reform.
The Republican-majority Congress recently allowed the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire. They hurried to get the wealthiest Americans and corporations their tax cuts, but when it came time to ensure needy children received proper health care, they let the deadline come and go.
“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.”
Parents all over the country are worried about their children’s survival, while Republicans are sitting back with their feet up thinking about all the money they just saved themselves. There are currently 9 million children who depend on CHIP to receive adequate medical care.