Fmr. acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said President Joe Biden in only reordering the vaccines and that “all the heavy lifting was done by President Trump and his team.”
Speaking on Newsmax TV’s “The Count” on Saturday, Grenell said Biden’s vaccine distribution actions are “akin to going into the presidential Amazon Prime account and pressing reorder.”
“All the heavy lifting was done by President Trump and his team,” Grenell said. “We all know that they found the vaccine. They shepherded it through. I was in the Oval Office on multiple occasions where we had to interrupt an intel briefing because there was an urgent call from a CEO or somebody involved in Operation Warp Speed, and President Trump wanted to keep it on track. So every meeting, he would stop and he would take all of the calls to keep it moving.”
Last week, a senior advisor on the Biden administration COVID team praised the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed for the “record time” in which the COVID vaccine was developed.
“We’re grateful for the work that came before us and are doing the best we can to continue it and accelerate it,” Andy Slavitt said last week on Fox News. “I would absolutely tip my hat. … The Trump administration made sure that we got in record time a vaccine up and out. That’s a great thing and it’s something we should all be excited about.”
The Biden administration has claimed that they had to “start from scratch” regarding vaccine distribution. During a March 2 news conference, Biden said that Trump did not ensure there would be enough vaccines for the American public.
“When I came into office, the prior administration had contracted for not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America,” Biden said. “We rectified that.”
Grenell also said we should applaud Biden for continuing the vaccine process that was set up by the Trump administration.
“I guess what we can do is compliment President Biden for understanding that we just need to keep the process going, and the states need to keep getting the vaccine,” Grenell said. “But they didn’t do anything on finding the vaccine. They didn’t do anything to work through the bureaucracy. They didn’t do anything other than continue what President Trump had set up, so let’s applaud President Biden. We’re keeping going, what President Trump set up, so reordering. You know, great, great accomplishment, right?”
In a statement last week, Trump said he hopes everyone “remembers” him when receiving the COVID vaccine.
“I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!”
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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’
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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