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Trump’s Own Cabinet Secretaries Tried to Stop His Latest Attempt to Kill Obamacare — He Ignored Them

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar tried to stop President Donald Trump from waging another war against the Affordable Care Act this week.

Trump told the GOP caucus that he wants the Republican Party to become the “healthcare party,” while at the same time urging the courts to completely unmake the law informally known as Obamacare.

According to Politico, Azar argued against the administration supporting a lawsuit to get a full repeal of the law during a December White House meeting. He cited a lack of an alternative piece of legislation from the GOP, two sources told Politico. Budget director Mick Mulvaney claimed that supporting the “bold stance” would force Congress into repealing and replacing the law. That didn’t work out well.

Now, the country is firmly behind the law with 50 percent who support it and only 37 percent against. It matches the meager 37 percent of Americans who think Trump is doing great on health care while 52 percent disapprove of Trump’s work on healthcare.

The White House was quick to dispute the claim, saying all of Trump’s cabinet secretaries are firmly behind the president.

“Secretary Azar fully supports the Administration’s litigation position in the ACA case, which bears his name,” HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said in a statement. “Any insinuation that Secretary Azar has ‘butted heads’ with Mulvaney on this issue is false.”

Azar joins with Attorney General Bill Barr who wants nothing to do with an unpopular battle that the Justice Department will likely lose in court, Politico said.

“The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care,” Trump told reporters after the caucus meeting. “You watch.”

Meanwhile, the Politico report noted that this is an example of Mulvaney trying to create his own “mini-fiefdom inside West Wing.”

“The Obamacare decision was backed by DPC Chief Joe Grogan and acting OMB Chief Russ Vought, both Mulvaney allies, as well as by Mick Mulvaney himself, who pushed Obamacare repeal while in Congress,” tweeted Politico’s Eliana Johnson. “Mulvaney hasn’t tried to restrict access to Trump but rather added allies inside the WH, accumulating a roster of people who share his views who also now have access to POTUS. Monday’s decision was an example.”

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‘That’s a 9/11’: US Coronavirus Deaths Just Surged to 3000 – Americans React

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Overnight coronavirus deaths in the U.S. surged, increasing by 565 to over 3000. There have now been 3148 coronavirus deaths in America, as the total number of confirmed cases grew by almost 20,000 to 163,479.

Americans are struggling to grasp what lies ahead. On Monday coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx revealed the federal government now predicts the best case scenario will be 100,000 to 200,000 COVID-19 deaths.

President Trump declared if the number comes in at 100,000 he will have done “a very good job.”

Here’s how some are reacting to today’s devastating news.

 

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Tens of Millions of Jobs Could Be Lost During Pandemic – Forcing Unemployment Higher Than Great Depression: Fed

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47 million jobs could be lost during the coronavirus pandemic, the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve announced Monday. That would skyrocket unemployment to a never-before heard of 32.1%. The Great Depression saw a peak of 24.9% unemployment.

67 million Americans are currently “at a high risk of layoffs,” the analysis shows, according to CNBC.

Millions of Americans have already lost their jobs. There were a staggering 3.3 million new unemployment filings reported last week. Estimates predict an additional 2.65 million more filings will be reported this week.

The calculations “don’t account for workers who may drop out of the labor force, thus bringing down the headline unemployment rate, and they do not estimate the impact of recently passed government stimulus, which will extend unemployment benefits and subsidize companies for not cutting staff and extending unemployment benefits.”

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, considered one of the most influential economists in the world, last week tried to put a positive spin on his projection of a 30% unemployment rate. He predicted the jobless number “will be unparalleled,” but urged Americans, “don’t get discouraged.”

“This is a special quarter, and once the virus goes away and if we play our cards right and keep everything intact, then everyone will go back to work and everything will be fine,” Bullard claimed, predicting a “boom quarter” after the virus is controlled. Many experts predict some businesses will not be able to recover or re-open.

 

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‘Grounds for a Lawsuit’: MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Calls for Legal Consequences for Fox News Coronavirus ‘Misinformation’

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski suggested Fox News might be liable for the deaths of viewers who trusted their “misinformation” about the deadly coronavirus.

Brzezinski and her “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough were shocked that President Donald Trump’s loyalists continue to downplay the outbreak — which has already killed more than 2,500 Americans and wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy.

“I even heard people on television — and I’m just shocked — still suggesting this epidemic will only hit New York City and not Middle America,” Scarborough said.

Brzezinski suggested those broadcasters and their guests could be held liable for their misleading claims.

“That’s malpractice,” she said. “That’s grounds for a lawsuit. People delivering the news are supposed to be giving facts, not fiction. The viewers are there to trust them. If they get poor information, or they are misled to believe they can’t get sick, and they get sick, exactly how is that not grounds for some sort of situation to arise? This is clear, and if anyone is trying to push against it, they are committing malpractice.”

 

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