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Even Trump criticizes Mike Pence’s answer about why the administration won’t open Obamacare exchanges

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At Wednesday’s coronavirus task force press briefing, reporters asked Vice President Mike Pence to justify why the administration is refusing to reopen the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces for a special enrollment period in response to the pandemic — and the vice president’s answer was so evasive and unhelpful that even President Donald Trump teased him for it.

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Pence replied that he was working with insurance companies to eliminate copays for coronavirus-related treatment — which doesn’t help people who have no coverage and can’t enroll because the administration hasn’t authorized enrollment.

When reporters pointed this out, Pence said that Medicaid was also being authorized to cover care — which is not helpful to people who are ineligible for Medicaid coverage. Despite reporters repeatedly asking him what uninsured people are supposed to do without the exchanges reopened, Pence kept deflecting to copays and Medicaid.

“I think that’s one of the greatest answers I’ve ever heard,” said Trump finally. “Because Mike was able to speak for 5 minutes and not even touch your question.”

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Doctors urge CDC to admit side effects from COVID vaccine won’t be ‘a walk in the park’

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Doctors are urging the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to be upfront with the American public about side effects from a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

According to CNBC, the doctors are worried that people will refuse a second dose of the vaccine after experiencing the side effects. Vaccines being produced by both Pfizer and Moderna require two doses.

“We really need to make patients aware that this is not going to be a walk in the park,” Dr. Sandra Fryhofer of the American Medical Association told CNBC. “They are going to know they had a vaccine. They are probably not going to feel wonderful. But they’ve got to come back for that second dose.”

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2020 Election

Trump’s bizarre Georgia play: GOP in chaos just so he can show he’s still the boss

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Despite having begrudgingly allowed the General Services Administration to issue an "ascertainment" that Joe Biden is the president-elect and the normal transition process could begin, Donald Trump is still relentlessly flogging the lie that the election was stolen by the Democrats and he is the rightful winner. And he's sending out a daily fusillade of emails begging for money, with the alleged goal of overturning the results.

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2020 Election

Senator proposes bold new agenda to prevent ‘another right-wing authoritarian’ even worse than Trump

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Warning that a failure to deliver real material gains to the U.S. working class could lay the groundwork for another "right-wing authoritarian" to seize power in 2024, Sen. Bernie Sanders is imploring the leadership of the Democratic Party and the incoming Biden administration to aggressively pursue an agenda that confronts powerful special interests, improves people's lives, and exposes the phony populism of President Donald Trump and his Republican allies.

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