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Obama criticizes ‘defund the police’: ‘You lost a big audience the minute you say it’

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On “Good Luck America,” a political news show on Snapchat, former President Barack Obama said political candidates lose support when using “snappy slogans” like “defund the police.

Obama told Peter Hamby, host of the Snapchat show, that people who use the slogan could make it harder to implement changes regarding police reform.

“I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘defund the police’ but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it,” Obama said. “Which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.”

He added, “Instead of talking labels and ideology, we should focus on talking about getting certain things done.”

The “defund the police” movement became widely popular over the summer, following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer.

Protesters called to “defund the police” across the US, asking to reallocate or redirect funds away from the police department to other government agencies.

President Donald Trump criticized the movement, saying during his 2020 re-election campaign that his administration would not allow defunding to happen.

“We will never, ever defund our police,” Trump said in July. “That I can tell you. We are not defunding police.”

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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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