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Congressman Rick Nolan votes against reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

(Hermantown, Minn.) – Congressman Rick Nolan (MN-8) voted ‘No” Friday on H.R. 3922, Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve our Nation Act, which included funding for essential health care to 8.4 million lower-income children and pregnant women through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

“It is unsettling that Congressman Nolan would vote ‘No’, yet again, on another bill that directly benefits the mothers and children in the 8th District who need it the most,” said 8th District Republican Congressional candidate Pete Stauber. “The bill he voted against provides much needed relief to the children of families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to afford insurance. Helping your neighbor, or even a stranger, is part of who we are – especially when there are children involved.”

Minnesota relies on CHIP to fund the essential healthcare of 100,000 children and would run out of funding at the end of the month without its reauthorization. In addition to CHIP, the bill extends funding for Community Health Centers and eliminates funding cuts for hospitals who serve a large number of uninsured and low-income patients. To offset the spending of the measure, the bill requires individuals earning $500,000 or more a year and couples earning $875,000 more a year to pay 100 percent of their Medicare parts B and D premiums.

“Incumbent Congressman Nolan voted to protect millionaires from paying their Medicare premiums instead of voting to protect vulnerable mothers and their children,” Stauber spokesman Travis Sterling said. “Based off of Nolan’s past actions and rhetoric, this could be another attempt to push European style single-payer healthcare. It’s a shame he voted against reauthorizing healthcare for vulnerable mothers and children to score political points with his far-left base.”

Pete Stauber grew up in Duluth and graduated from Denfeld High School before captaining Lake Superior State University to a Division I national hockey championship in 1988. He played in the Detroit Red Wings organization for three years, then was a Duluth police officer for 22 years before retiring in August 2017. Stauber is currently in his second term as a St. Louis County Commissioner. His wife, Jodi, is an Iraq War veteran and retired from the 148th Fighter Wing as its first female Command Chief. They have four children and reside in Hermantown.