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By Jenny Goldsberry
National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci expressed some exasperation with the American public, saying it’s about time more people get vaccinated. The Medical Advisor to the President appeared on CNN Tuesday to say “enough is enough.”
This comes after the U.S. became the first country to officially approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for everyone 16 years old and older Monday. It is currently the only vaccine fully licensed by the Food and Drug Administration.
“I respect people’s freedom, but when you’re talking about a public health crisis . . . Enough is enough,” Fauci told Host Anderson Cooper. “We’ve just got to get people vaccinated.”
Earlier, former President Trump was booed at a rally for making similar comments. Trump appeared in a rally in Alabama Sunday.
“I believe totally in your freedoms, I do, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Trump said. “But I recommend that you take the vaccines.” As a result, few in the crowd booed him.
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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’
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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