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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

White House ‘Undeterred’ In Cutting Health Care For Poor

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


The Trump administration vowed to continue its efforts to force Americans to comply with stringent work requirements in exchange for basic health care, despite a ruling against the practice in federal court.

At the end of June, a federal judge struck down a plan put in place by Kentucky Republicans that mandated work requirements for Medicaid recipients. The net effect of the plan would be less people covered by Medicaid, echoing the Trump administration’s goals in attacking Obamacare.

Judge James E. Boasberg of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia slammed the Trump administration in his decision, noting their approval of Kentucky’s plan was “arbitrary and capricious.”

Jane Perkins, the legal director for the National Health Law Program, explained to the New York Times, “The purpose of the Medicaid Act is to furnish medical assistance, and this approval could not stand because it was doing just the opposite — restricting coverage.”

But speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar said the ruling would not stop the Trump administration’s drive to rip health care away from poor people.…

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Badly Injured Woman In Subway Pleads: ‘I Can’t Afford’ Ambulance

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


As Americans across the country celebrate Independence Day with parades, barbecues, and fireworks displays, the story of a woman begging bystanders not to call an ambulance after she was injured in an accident went viral this week—with universal healthcare advocates pointing to the incident as clear evidence that a Medicare for All system would bring gravely-needed relief to all Americans.

The woman’s leg became trapped between a subway car and platform on Friday night in Boston. Surveillance footage showed other passengers rushing to help the woman, who sustained a deep wound on her leg. A Boston Globe journalist who happened to be on the platform reported that the woman told the crowd she wouldn’t be able to afford a hospital bill if they called an ambulance.…

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Trump’s Favorite Fox Host Defends Separating Families At Border

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While Trump and his administration are trying to hide from the moral horror of ripping children away from their parents, Trump’s favorite Fox News host thinks these kids actually have it pretty good.

On Sunday morning’s edition of “Fox & Friends,” Pete Hegseth chose to drastically minimize the harm being done to migrant children when he responded to retired General Michael Hayden’s sharp criticism that Trump’s policy echoes family separation under the Nazis.

“While these kids are in temporary custody,” Hegseth said, “they’re getting school and soccer and video games and three squares and two snacks and plenty of sleep … that’s the same as exterminating 1.1 million Jews in gas chambers?”

Later in the segment, co-host Abby Huntsman pointed out that about 30 percent of detained kids are separated from their parents, and that those separated children had numbered about 2,000over the past six weeks.…

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