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Biden demands Trump put aside ‘pettiness and ideology’ and reopen Obamacare exchanges to fight coronavirus

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Composite image of former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump (screengrabs)

On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that former Vice President Joe Biden is calling on President Donald Trump to end the “pettiness and ideology” and reopen Obamacare’s health insurance marketplaces so uninsured Americans can obtain coverage and protect themselves against the coronavirus pandemic.

“During this outbreak, when health care coverage is more important than ever, Donald Trump is refusing to give those who have been uninsured access to the best resource we have: the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces,” Biden told the Beast. “This is no time to put pettiness and ideology above helping those who are in the greatest need.”

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Biden added that Trump must also withdraw support for the multi-state lawsuit urging the Supreme Court to throw out the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.

Several states with their own health insurance exchanges have created a special enrollment period, but the Trump administration has refused to do so at the federal level, leaving a majority of states with no such recourse for uninsured residents.

The administration has pushed insurance companies to cover COVID-19 testing and treatment for free for those who are already insured, and are attempting to divert bailout money to hospitals for the purpose of administering free care to the uninsured. But reopening the exchanges could potentially expand coverage to millions more people.


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Trump Pentagon appointee busted for tweets arguing for martial law following election loss

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According to a report from CNN's "KFiles," one of Donald Trump's appointees to the Pentagon has been approvingly retweeting Twitter posts that call the election of former Vice President Joe Biden a "coup," while also helping to promote a petition calling for the president to declare martial law following his election loss.

Scott O'Grady, who was shot down over Bosnia in 1995 which was later the basis for the movie "Behind Enemy Lines," in 2001, recently received a presidential appointment to the Pentagon as the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, pending Senate confirmation.

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‘Epic fail’: Ex-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell fumbles her way into another legal blunder

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According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein, former Donald Trump election lawyer Sidney Powell continued her streak of legal appeal errors with what appears to be a typo telling judges in Georgia that votes intended for former Vice President Joe Biden were " flipped" to Donald Trump.

Powell, who was dismissed from the president's legal team after making claims that were considered beyond the pale by both the president and his main legal adviser Rudy Giuliani, has continued to attempt to make the case for the president that the election was rife with fraud with what she called lawsuits of "biblical proportions."

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‘Patriot’ gets humiliated by Georgia cops on his livestream after falsely accusing a county worker of stealing election data

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An employee of the county of Gwinnett in Georgia was followed by a man who thought he was illegally moving computers. The man who followed him was broadcasting live on Twitter and another person watching called the police, but as 11Alive reports, the Lawrenceville Police Department says the employee was just moving desk phones.

The responding officer wrote in his report that the person watching the livestream, "was very upset that there was a vehicle... leaving the elections building filled with, what he believed to be, computers containing data for the 2020 General Election."

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