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Trump DOJ’s ‘cataclysmic’ Obamacare attack puts health coverage for 2 million children at risk

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The Department of Justice this week argued that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down — even if there is nothing to replace it.

Axios health care reporter Sam Baker writes that the lawsuit will have a “cataclysmic” impact on Americans’ health care if it succeeds in gutting the entire health care law, including popular provisions such as the expansion of Medicaid, the banning of discrimination against people with preexisting conditions, and letting young people stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26.

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An analysis by Bloomberg late last year claimed that more than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, either through the private health insurance exchanges set up by the law or through the expansion of Medicaid.

When it comes to children specifically, the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute has estimated that the number of uninsured children in the United States dropped from 5.9 million in 2013, the year before many of the law’s key provisions went into effect, to 3.9 million in 2017. In other words, a return to the pre-Obamacare status quo could put the health care of roughly 2 million children at risk.

In addition to tens of millions of Americans losing their coverage, Baker notes that a total repeal of the law would mean “the FDA would lose the authority to approve an entire class of drugs” and “the federal government would lose a lot of its power to test new payment models — in fact, the administration is relying on some of those ACA powers as it explores conservative changes to Medicaid.”

Baker also writes that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) must be “dancing in the streets” over the DOJ’s latest lawsuit, as the Democratic Party won back the House of Representatives during the 2018 midterm elections in large part by campaigning on the Republicans’ failed efforts to undermine protections for patients with preexisting conditions.

“This lawsuit already had Republicans in an unpleasant bind,” he writes. “Now the administration is doubling down, putting even more people’s coverage on the chopping block.”

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Trump staff sent home early as White House braces for another night of protests

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After a third night of unrest in Washington D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced another curfew for Monday night, saying, "We’re prepared for multiple days of demonstrations.”  The curfew will begin at 7 p.m. Monday and run through Tuesday morning.

According to reports, the White House will be shutting down accordingly, with only the most senior staffers staying on.

"Sources tell me the White House told all staffers who don’t need to be there to leave by 4 pm ET today due to planned protests," CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted. "I’m told by a source that White House senior staff will continue working."

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Louisville police chief fired after mayor determines body cameras were off during David McAtee shooting

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On Monday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced that the chief of the city's police department has been relieved of duty, effective immediately.

The move comes after the body cameras of Louisville police officers involved in the fatal shooting of David McAtee, a local Black businessman, had not been active.

🚨 Mayor of #Louisville: The body cameras of those involved in the shooting last night that killed David McAtee were NOT active.

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LISTEN: Charlamagne Tha God clashes with ‘delusional’ Rush Limbaugh in debate over George Floyd’s killing and white privilege

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During an interview with Rush Limbaugh this Monday, Charlamagne Tha God called out the conservative radio host for his white privilege and asked him why he's choosing to speak out on George Floyd's killing while there have been countless examples of police violence against black people.

“I know that you’re going to disagree with me on this — to me this is not America,” Limbaugh said, adding that he thinks the U.S. is the greatest country in the world.

But according to Charlamagne, America is only great for some people.

“I think it’s easy for you to say because you’re a white male and that comes with a different level of privilege,” Charlamagne said. “And I do think America does work but it works for the people it was designed to work for. It doesn’t work for everyone else the way it works for you.”

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