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Rasmussen poll: Nearly half of American voters think Fauci lied about gain-of-function research

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Rasmussen Reports most recent survey showed Dr. Anthony Fauci is shrouded in doubt in American voters’ perspective. 46% of voters believe Fauci has not told the truth about U.S. funding gain-of-function research. Meanwhile, 15% are not sure.

Unaffiliated voters (51%) and Republicans (66%) alike don’t believe Fauci has told the truth about the U.S. funding gain-of-function research. Yet, 63% of Democrats believe Fauci told the truth.

Republicans also oppose U.S. government funding for gain-of-function virus research at 44%, more than 16% of Democrats 16% and 36% of unaffiliated voters. A 52% majority of Democrats say the government should be funding such research, but only 24% of Republican and unaffiliated voters agree. The majority of all voters, 61%, say they’ve been following news coverage of gain-of-function research closely.

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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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