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WaPo Columnist: Believing That COVID Started ‘Naturally’ 300 Feet From A Lab, Would Be To Believe ‘Pure Coincidence’

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Arguing that the virus spread “naturally…you would have to believe that happened 300 feet from the lab by pure coincidence,” Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin told the American Enterprise Institute’s “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?” podcast on Tuesday.

Rogin first reported of the State Department cables that warned in January 2018 about the lack of safety and mishandling of experiments on coronavirus in bats which “represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic” from the Wuhan lab now-suspected of being the origin of the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, Rogin revealed to the podcast hosts that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is “preparing to make some sort of transparency disclosure” to prove that the virus didn’t emanate from its facility.

“To believe it had nothing to do with the lab, you have to believe that the one time in a trillion chance that the worst virus we’ve ever seen, that’s killing the most people that we’ve ever seen emerged at the exact spot, like literally the exact spot that all of these bat coronavirus immunology and viral experimentation labs just happened to be at. That’s a leap of faith that I can’t quite get over,” Rogin explained.

The Chinese government has been extremely tight-lipped on the matter and has disappeared citizen journalists and doctors who earlier warned about the potential harm the virus posed to the world. The many questions as to the origins of the virus, however, can only be answered, Rogin said, if and when the Chinese government is transparent about the first cases of the virus in Wuhan, and allows U.S. investigators into Wuhan.

U.S. intelligence officials are now conducting a “full-scale investigation” into whether the virus leaked from the lab in Wuhan, Fox News confirmed earlier this month. Further, Federal Health Officials are also looking into a grant funded by U.S. taxpayer dollars sent to the lab to support its research, according to a letter obtained by Breitbart.

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Biden Administration Expands Obamacare Coverage for ‘Dreamers’

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Friday morning the Biden administration announced it is expanding health-care access for “Dreamers”, a select group of illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. Illegal immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be granted access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to the White House. Beginning in November, DACA members will be able to apply for healthcare coverage on healthcare.gov and state level insurance marketplaces.

“I’m proud of the contributions of Dreamers to our country and committed to providing Dreamers the support they need to succeed,” President Joe Biden said in a prepared statement. “And that’s why today we are taking this historic step to ensure that DACA recipients have the same access to health care through the Affordable Care Act as their neighbors.”

National Review notes Biden was vice president when then-president Barack Obama created DACA through executive order over a decade ago. The program gives deportation protections and work visas to illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. An estimated 580,000 people are enrolled in the program. Former president Donald Trump failed to put an end to DACA during his term and the program continues to be fought in court.

Over 100,000 DACA beneficiaries will purchase health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace and Basic Health Program created by the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates. Access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program will not be incorporated into the White House’s new rule after Biden proposed doing so last year, according to National Review.

“Now as Vice President, I have worked alongside President Biden to take steps to preserve and fortify DACA. Today, we are building on this progress by ensuring DACA recipients also have access to affordable health care, which will improve the health of all communities,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in a prepared statement. “This announcement will bring relief to more than 100,000 people and help them thrive while working to achieve their aspirations.”

The White House did not share a cost estimate for the expansion of Obamacare to DACA recipients. They will be eligible for financial assistance to help them afford the health insurance DACA enrollees are now eligible to purchase.

Biden called for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform and to give Dreamers permanent citizenship. It’s unlikely that Congress will grant Biden’s wishes, given the failure of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration package earlier this year. Conservatives widely rejected the Senate’s proposal for not being tough enough on the southern border at a time when record levels of illegal immigrants are entering the country.

Immigration is a top issue for voters in the 2024 election because of the surge in border crossings under Biden’s watch. Polls indicate that Americans believe that Trump is better suited to handle the crisis at the southern border with his hardline approach.

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