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Dems plan to force Medicaid expansion on states in filibuster-proof budget bill

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Rep. Jim Clyburn (R-SC) admitted Wednesday he is tired of waiting on states to expand Medicaid, so he’s found a way. He spoke at a press briefing with the organization Protect Our Care.

“We cannot wait anymore for the states who don’t do it,” Clyburn said. “We in the Congress have got to move to do it. And I’m pleased that the Biden administration has decided to support our efforts to give everybody the benefit of Medicaid expansion.”

The expansion will be included in the upcoming budget bill. President Biden’s proposal so far is roughly $6 trillion worth.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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