Kids in Crosshairs as House Votes to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Some 35 million would have their access to quality health care threatened if the American Health Care Act passes the Senate and becomes law.

For the past two decades, steady progress has been made in ensuring access to affordable health care for all children. The Child Health Insurance Program, passed in 1997, provides affordable coverage for children in low-income families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to afford private coverage. The Affordable Care Act—“Obamacare”—passed in 2010 expanded coverage to millions of children who are poor or near poor.

Thursday, the House voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the American Health Care Act. If it passes the Senate and is signed into law by the president, it will be an unprecedented setback, fundamentally threatening the stability of guaranteed access to quality health care of some 35 million children who benefit from the current array of safety net programs that poor—and working poor—families depend upon.