Rush Limbaugh: Health insurance program for low-income children "ought to die"
Limbaugh demands the end of CHIP: "It ought to die. It ought to go away."
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From the November 3 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
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RUSH LIMBAUGH (HOST): It's been a long week folks, it's really -- I'm in a giddy, which is when my boundaries are down, kind of state of mind here, a mood where everything is funny to me. Even this Republican tax plan -- I've had more time to look into this, and there are parts of this thing -- folks, they're so frustrating. It's just so damn frustrating, it's just out of this mind frustrating. We run the House, we run the Senate, we have the White House and still it's like we have a bunch of Republicans who don't even have the courage to be conservative. They've lost their conservative ideas because they're playing the same old game that the Democrats love to play, class envy. They're making a big deal out of taxing the rich, they're holding on to the Children's Health Program. Remember CHIPs? The CHIPs program was a program devised by Obama, supplementary to Obamacare. And I'll never forget it because it was paid for with the sales tax revenue from the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, which prompted me at the time to suggest that we need to give smokers a medal. That we need to start treating smokers as heroes, and we need to encourage them to keep it up because they are paying for this new Children's Health Program. Well anyway, it ought to die. It ought to go away. What with the effort now to repeal Obamacare and downsize it. But it's not, it's not going to go away. It is a program that was designed to fix a shortfall, something had happened and there wasn't enough health insurance for poor kids so the CHIPs program came along, and addressed the problem -- it didn't work. And so now we're adding another addendum to it or keeping this program alive when it hasn't justified itself. It's an abject failure, it ought to just be punted, we have the power to do this.