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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.

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.

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“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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Right now Donald Trump thinks he’s winning — and he might not be wrong

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Donald Trump thinks he's winning.

For months, Americans have grown accustomed to Trump in his cornered-rat mode, lashing out defensively and ruminating obsessively over the possibility of impeachment. But his tweets this week have been surprisingly cheerful, suffused with the buoyant spirits of a teenage bully who has successfully swirlied a nerd.

First, like an overexcited child on Christmas Eve who unwraps his presents too soon, Trump — overcome with the pleasures of racist sadism — tweeted on Monday night that "ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens."

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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Rick Wilson hilariously ridicules the ‘formal flip-flops’ and ‘dress cargo pants’ worn by Florida Trump supporters

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Republican strategist Rick Wilson mocked the attire of the Donald Trump supporters who were bused in from around Florida for his official campaign kickoff in Orlando.

Wilson, a Florida man himself, joined MSNBC's Brian Williams for post-rally analysis on "The 11th Hour."

Williams played a clip of a Trump supporter with sleeveless Trump T-shirt identifying her as a "proud member of the basket of deplorables" explaining why she'll vote to re-elect the president in 2020.

"The main reason? Because he’s one of the best presidents we’ve had for a very long time," the woman argued. "Very long time."

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