Denver – In late November, Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment sent letters to low-income families enrolled in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (known as CHP+) in Colorado, warning that “If Congress does not renew federal funding, CHP+ in Colorado will end on January 31, 2018.” The program expired Sept. 30 and has yet to be reauthorized.
The Denver Post Editorial Board put it even more bluntly: “If CHIP dies, children will, too.”
Approximately 90,000 Colorado children and pregnant women receive health coverage through CHP+. But Senator Cory Gardner’s priority this week wasn’t on them. It was advocating for a tax bill that gives massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy. House members Coffman, Buck, Tipton and Lamborn all voted the same way.
“This is ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy at its worst,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Executive Director Karen Middleton. “Senator Gardner put tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations ahead of the needs of Colorado kids and pregnant women. If members of the pretend ‘pro-life’ delegation truly wanted to improve the lives of all people, they would prioritize making healthcare accessible and affordable for the vulnerable. But they didn’t. And that says everything about their values.”
To learn more about the GOP’s hypocrisy over CHIP, read NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue’s op-ed in US News and World Report.
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Foundation’s mission is to support and protect, as a fundamental right and value, a woman’s freedom to make personal decisions regarding reproductive health care.
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado’s mission is to develop and sustain a statewide constituency that used the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding reproductive health care.