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President Kamala? 59% Of Voters Don’t Think Biden Will Finish First Term



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A new poll from Rasmussen Reports shows voters are not confident in Biden’s ability to serve a full term in the White House. His newly announced running mate, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), would take the reins if this prediction came to fruition.

The results find 59 percent of likely voters believe it’s likely Harris will be president before the end of the four-year term if Biden wins. Only 39 percent of those surveyed find this possibility very likely.

The poll also found that 35 percent consider it unlikely that Harris will take over as president before the four-year term ends — just 14 percent consider the proposition not at all likely.

Interestingly, 49 percent of Democrats surveyed think it is likely Biden will not complete his term. 73 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Independents agree.

The results also note over half of voters are simply voting against Trump and don’t seem to care who runs against him. There is historically low interest in Biden’s VP pick as voters consider it a vote against the current administration.

The survey was conducted by calling 1,000 likely voters and was conducted August 6 and 9, 2020.

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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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