Although both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have introduced bills and proposals about how best to proceed, we live in an era where money and politics take precedence and the question of doing what is "in the best interest of children" is far too often forgotten or ignored. That must end.
Seventeen years later, how has CHIP fared? First and foremost, as a federal-state and public-private health care partnership, CHIP is an American success story that last year provided health coverage to 8.4 million children across the country.
When low income voters turnout at a higher rate, Republicans are more likely to propose voter ID laws. One study finds that the indirect costs of these laws are higher than poll taxes were at the times they were instituted.
In this age of do-nothing politics, it's easy to despair, but we must remember the intent behind the design. The same founding fathers who created a federal system that resists radical change also created a state system that encourages experimentation.
There is a part of the Affordable Care Act that is not at all working as originally envisioned, because the Supreme Court dramatically altered the structure of the law when it ruled that the expansion of Medicaid should be voluntary for states.