Opinion: Playing the role of Scrooge tonight—it’s the U.S. Congress!

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As we ponder Congress’ failure to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, we ask our elected leaders to revisit Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” When asked for a donation to support the “poor and destitute,” Ebenezer Scrooge declined, suggesting that the underprivileged “had better (die), and decrease the surplus population.”