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‘Get those people off of Medicaid’: Tom Cotton says ‘able-bodied’ poor people don’t deserve ‘welfare’

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Sunday called on “able-bodied” poor people to be removed from Medicaid.

CNN host Jake Tapper noted during an interview on State of the Union that Republican governors had criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to repeal Obamacare because it would reduce funds for Medicaid, leaving millions without medical coverage.

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“They are saying, by removing the Medicaid expansion that happened during Obamacare, that helped provide insurance to 250,000 Arkansans, this replacement is going to take it away,” Tapper explained. “Does that concern you?”

Cotton declared that many people on Medicaid should be purchasing their own insurance instead.

“Medicaid is a welfare program,” he said. “It’s primarily designed for the indigent, elderly, the disabled, the blind and children.”

“It’s not designed for able-bodied adults,” Cotton continued. “We want to get those people off of Medicaid, into a job and into market-based insurance.”

The Arkansas Republican argued that Ryan’s health care bill needed to do a better job bringing down premiums so that poor people could afford to buy insurance.

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“I want to assure that the private market is working for them so they can afford insurance and get off Medicaid,” he concluded.

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast March 19, 2017.

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GOP Leader un-endorses Republican candidate for ‘hateful rhetoric’ on social media

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On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced he was revoking his endorsement of Ted Howze, the Republican candidate for California's 10th Congressional District, per Politico.

“In light of Mr. Howze’s disappointing comments, Leader McCarthy has withdrawn his endorsement," said McCarthy spokesperson Drew Florio. "As the Leader has previously stated, hateful rhetoric has no place within the Republican Party."

Howze's support within the Republican Party leadership has collapsed after a series of racist Facebook posts were unconvered, in which he called Black voters "political slaves," compared young immigrants to pedophiles, and said Muslims are incapable of being good American citizens.

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President roasted for ‘a lie of colossal Trumpian proportions’ by St. Louis newspaper

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President Donald Trump's attempts to blame former President Barack Obama for America's COVID-19 response were fact-checked in a new editorial by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Woe is Donald Trump. The long-suffering, misunderstood president just can’t make the world understand what a raw deal he got," the newspaper wrote.

The article noted the president has attempted to blame China, the World Health Organization and Obama for America's response.

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WHO halts study of ‘coronavirus’ drug touted by Trump

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The World Health Organization said Monday it had temporarily suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 being carried out across a range of countries as a precautionary measure.

The decision came after publication last week of a study in The Lancet which indicated that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their chances of dying, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.

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