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Biden declines to call for Cuomo’s resignation

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When asked by a reporter on Sunday if Cuomo should resign, President Joe Biden responded, “I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us.”

Earlier on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also declined to call for Cuomo’s resignation, saying only that he “must look inside his heart” to decide if he should step down.

“I think we should see the results of the investigation,” Pelosi said on ABC News Sunday.

Cuomo denied the allegations of sexual misconduct and said he will not resign in a press briefing on Friday.

New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the sexual misconduct claims and Cuomo has said he will “fully cooperate” with the probe.

A mounting number of New York Democrats — including Sens. Kristen Gillibrand and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer — have called for Cuomo to resign.

“Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership. We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct,” Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said in a statement on Friday.

They added, “Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York. Governor Cuomo should resign.”

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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