On Tuesday, health care activists and Democrats celebrated the defeat of Graham-Cassidy, the GOP’s third attempt to repeal Obamacare since President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Thanks to reams of bad press and highly visible protests in the Capitol led by groups like ADAPT, Maine’s Susan Collins on Monday became the third senator to oppose the bill, effectively making it dead on arrival. The following day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to shelve the bill without putting it to a vote.

But the last-ditch repeal effort, meant to be passed by a September 30 deadline, may have another cost: the health insurance of nearly nine million children. What’s more frustrating still is that there is no reason for it to have gotten to this point, the latest evidence that the GOP has become incapable of governing responsibly.

Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy unveiled their health care repeal bill five days before Senators Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden introduced their bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which would…READ MORE.