On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver drew attention to the upcoming election — but not the 2016 election that fills the airwaves every day — that could have a far-ranging effect of the public’s health.
Voters in three of four states will have an opportunity Tuesday to elect candidates who could have a huge impact on whether their state either accepts, or continues to accept, federal funding for Medicaid health insurance for the poorest among them.
According to Oliver, 20 Republican-led states opted out of accepting what is essentially free money from the federal government in order to provide needed health care for residents who can’t afford health insurance.
One state that has had overwhelming success in getting the poor insured under Medicaid is Kentucky — but that could end after tomorrow’s election.
Under Obamacare, “Kentucky has seen the nation’s steepest drop in uninsured residents,” Oliver explained. “Only an idiot would try to undo that — which brings me to gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin.”
Oliver then shared one clip of the Tea Party-backed Bevin denying he wants to kick people off of Medicare, before sharing a separate clip of the candidate emphatically saying just that.
As Oliver explained, Bevin himself once ran to the government for money when a bell factory he owns in Connecticut burned to the ground. What is maddening about his actions, Oliver noted, is that the “staunch free market” Bevin needed government support because he — like poor residents of his state — couldn’t afford the insurance on the bell factory’s buildings.
“Because the cost of insurance was too high, he needed to turn to the government for help,” Oliver stated. “And quite frankly, Matt Bevin, that should ring a f*cking bell. And yet, as of right now, his race is considered a toss-up. He could win!”
Watch the video below from Last Week Tonight:
Dr. Fauci reveals his family is ‘getting death threats’ from people who disagree with ‘science’
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government's top infectious disease expert, revealed on Wednesday that his family has received death threats from people who disagree with his scientific recommendations on COVID-19.
During an interview with CNN's Sanjay Gupta, Fauci talked about "unseemly things that crises bring out in the world."
"And getting death threats for me and my family, harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security is just -- I mean, it's amazing," Fauci explained. "I wouldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it and don't like what you and I say, namely in the word of science, that they actually threaten you."
Andrea Mitchell knocks Biden for virtual convention speech: ‘How much does that damage the campaign?’
MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell suggested to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden could "damage" his campaign by holding a virtual convention speech.
Mitchell made the remark after President Donald Trump said that he was considering holding his convention speech at the White House.
"Joe Biden is not going to Milwaukee," Mitchell told Pelosi. "How much does this damage the campaign?"
Pelosi disagreed by insisting that Democrats will hold a "great convention."
Mitchell then asked about Trump's plan to hold his convention speech at the White House.
‘Sign of desperation’: Trump slammed for ‘anti-religious bigotry’ over new attack ad on Joe Biden
A new anti-Biden attack ad from the Trump campaign is filled with falsehoods, and ends by mocking the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee praying in a church. Some on social media are slamming the President and his campaign for "anti-religious bigotry" and "demonizing prayer."
"Deep in the heart of Delaware Joe Biden sits in his basement, alone, hiding, diminished," the ad begins.
Many Americans are sitting in their basements – that's where Biden's office and TV studio are – and they're sitting alone, and hiding, and diminished, so to speak, as a New York Times opinion column notes. But they are doing so because of Trump's horrific handling of the pandemic – the worst management of the coronavirus crisis in the world.