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Newt Gingrich: ‘We’re going to have to prepare for a second wave’ of Coronavirus

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told “Fox & Friends” Monday that the world is going to have to “prepare for a second wave” of the coronavirus.

“We’re going to have to prepare for a second wave. And that means a lot more investing in testing equipment, a lot more investing in the right therapies.” Gingrich said, “And, frankly, I think a more methodical approach to this that looks at individuals, not just populations.”

Further, Gingrich praised Sweden, Singapore, and South Korea for doing “a much better job with much less economic damage.”

Gingrich currently resides in Italy, where the total number of coronavirus cases appears “to be plateauing”, he said. As of Monday, there are 128,948 infected with the virus and 15,887 dead in Italy.

There is also encouraging news that New York, the epicenter for cases in the U.S., is starting to see a decline in the number of deaths.

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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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