Bipartisan negotiations over an extension of children’s health insurance are veering off course, raising doubts that legislation can be passed quickly.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) played hardball on Wednesday, saying a fix for ObamaCare that is being negotiated by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) should be attached to the children’s health funding bill.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) ripped Schumer’s move.
“We should not jeopardize vulnerable children’s health insurance coverage by turning the bill into a Christmas tree and adding controversial policies like bailing out insurance companies,” Hatch said in a statement.