Two officers were shot in Louisville, Kentucky overnight amid citywide riots in reaction to the verdict of the Breonna Taylor case. A suspect has been charged and identified by Louisville police in connection with the shooting, according to local reports.
Suspect Larynzo Johnson, 26, was arrested Wednesday after the two officers were shot. Louisville police confirmed the officers were both taken to the hospital and one underwent surgery and both were said to be in stable condition Wednesday night.
The shooting occurred hours after the Breonna Taylor’s case was decided. One former officer was indicted for “wanton endangerment” for shooting into a neighboring apartment.
Many took to the streets in frustration over the fact that the officers that were serving the warrant in Taylor’s apartment didn’t face charges. Moreover, rioters and protestors felt murder charges were warranted.
In anticipation of the decision, Louisville Police declared a state of emergency. However, the situation escalated beyond what the police could handle and ultimately led to Wednesday night’s shooting.
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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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