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Police officers placed at Georgia polling locations following threats

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Officers have been stationed at 40 polling locations in Georgia after threats were made concerning Georgia’s Senate runoff elections Tuesday, The Hill has reported.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that they were made aware of an email that went to several county employees “regarding threats to polling locations on election day.” Employees at several other counties received the same email.

The FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating the threats, according to The Hill.

The source of the emails has not been identified, and the sheriff’s office did not elaborate on the threats, per reports.

Both President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden visited Georgia on Monday to encourage their supporters to vote in the Senate race.

Tensions are high in Georgia as Tuesday’s runoff election will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate for the next two years.

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Elizabeth Warren Acknowledges Unintended Consequences of Obamacare

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a longtime supporter of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is now acknowledging the unintended consequences of the healthcare legislation, particularly its impact on industry consolidation and rising healthcare prices.

Warren, who has been a vocal proponent of Obamacare, has recently had what the Wall Street Journal reported as an “epiphany” regarding the consequences of the healthcare law. In a letter addressed to the Health and Human Services Department inspector general, Warren, along with Senator Mike Braun of Indiana, expressed concerns about vertically-integrated healthcare companies potentially increasing prescription drug costs and evading federal regulations.

According to reports from Fox News, the bipartisan letter highlighted issues with the nation’s largest health insurers allegedly bypassing Obamacare’s medical loss ratio (MLR). According to Warren, these insurers, through vertical integration, have manipulated the system, leading to “sky-high prescription drug costs and excessive corporate profits.”

The senators detailed how conglomerates, like UnitedHealth Group, with ownership across various healthcare sectors, could inflate medical payments to pharmacies and, by realizing those payments on the pharmacy side, appear to comply with MLR requirements while retaining more profits.

Moreover, despite the Democrats’ argument that the MLR would benefit patients, it has incentivized insurers to merge with or acquire pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), retail and specialty pharmacies, and healthcare providers. This, in turn, has made healthcare spending less transparent, as insurers can allegedly shift profits to their affiliates by increasing reimbursements.

Warren, who has consistently voted against Obamacare repeal efforts, notably advocated for a “Medicare for All” proposal during her 2020 presidential campaign. Despite her prior support for the healthcare law, Warren’s recent concerns about its unintended consequences have raised questions about the long-term effects of Obamacare and its impact on the healthcare industry.

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