As if Senator Daines’ momentary and politically convenient championing of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, wasn’t obvious enough after he suddenly supported it after over 110 days, Daines voted against funding for the program last week.
After Daines had his fun with pretending to be a supporter of CHIP he left the Montana families that rely on it out in the cold. Daines voted against an additional 4 year extension for CHIP. I guess health insurance for Montana kids is only a every few years kind of thing.
This is a particularly ugly and sickening form of hypocrisy because Daines engaged in political theater by bringing a CHIP recipient to the State of the Union Address. Daines’ guest, who the Cowgirl Blog is not going to name because we don’t find it appropriate to use kids as political chess pieces, was 9 years old. Daines trotted the kid out for the cameras, claimed to be their champion, and then proceeded to vote against the very program that helps their family.
I guess Daines only wanted the child to have health insurance until they were 15, not 16, or 17. This putrid example of politics at its worst earns Daines a certain amount of shame. It’s one thing to be intellectually dishonest with your stances, but for the love of God don’t bring children into it just to score political points. This was a new low even for Daines.
If Daines had his way, that child and any other child on CHIP would face more uncertainty and being uninsured sooner. If this is how Daines treats his honored guests, just imagine how he looks at the rest of us.