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Trump and his allies hold “financial interest” in pharmaceutical company that produces untested “miracle cure,” hydroxychloroquine

The GOP establishment have financial ties to companies that manufacture untested drug he’s touting for COVID-19.

Take Action: Before you try Trump’s untested coronavirus drug, educate yourself on its potentially deadly side effects.


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Sailors yell at Trump’s Navy secretary as he trashes fired captain in leaked audio

The Trump administration tried to smear the hero who sacrificed his career to save his crew’s lives. It did not go well.


Check out this week’s episode: Trump just killed thousands of Americans

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Democrats warn people will die as courts rule Wisconsin’s election on for Tuesday
State Supreme Court sides with GOP-led legislature overturning Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order to postpone vote.

Take Action: Demand secure vote-by-mail elections nationwide to ensure everyone can vote THIS November!


Veterans erupt in outrage after Trump’s Navy Secretary disses Crozier: He “spit on my service”
Our nation’s brave vets are taking to social media in droves to share their fury with Adm. Modly’s offensive remarks.

Take Action: Check out the WHO’s list of precautions you can take to avoid infection WITHOUT panicking.


Trump attacks HHS watchdog for revealing widespread hospital shortages under his watch
Many hospitals lack enough thermometers to monitor the temperatures of its own staff.


Trump says the federal coronavirus effort has been “incredible.” His own government disagrees.
Damning HHS inspector general report calls out “severe shortages” and widespread disorganization.

Take Action: Tell Trump to stop the lies and get our brave first responders the support they need to fight this pandemic!


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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms ‘worsen’
The Trump ally refused to trust science, and now he is fighting for his life.


White House economic advisor Peter Navarro attacks Dr. Fauci, claims to be a “social scientist”
Beleagured Trump adviser: reading statistics and practicing medicine basically the same.


Trump surprised his own team by refusing to extend Obamacare
Insurers were prepared to extend coverage, HHS officials were largely on board, but the White House refused to reopen enrollment.


NYC Comptroller: Trump has ‘my mom’s blood on his hands’
President’s pandemic negligence playing out in real-time horror show for many.


Louisiana pastor cited for defying coronavirus order hosts hundreds on Palm Sunday
Defiant pastor declares pandemic “politically motivated” and tells followers there is a “physician in Jesus Christ.”


Trump eyes accused ‘Quack’ Dr. Oz for coronavirus advice
The president can’t stop talking about an unproven COVID-19 treatment—the same one the oft-criticized TV doctor keeps pushing and pushing.


California lends 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories
Where Trump has refused to uphold his responsibility and save American lives, Governor Newsom is stepping in to fill the void.


Uplift: John Krasinski gave 9-year-old “Hamilton” fan the surprise of her life with Lin-Manuel Miranda, full cast reunion
Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff and Javier Muñoz join in Zoom performance with Krasinski and Emily Blunt


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Today’s Action: Healthcare coverage during COVID-19

We are witnessing the worst possible test of our flawed healthcare system. A for-profit design with disparate coverage and limited entry points does not play well with a highly contagious virus and mass sudden unemployment. (Not that it was playing well before COVID…)

Nearly 50% of Americans receive health insurance through their employer…and the official unemployment rate has hit 13% and is climbing rapidly at a rate of half a percentage point a day. (If you have lost your employer-based insurance, you may have a 60-day window for open-enrollment in a new plan – don’t delay!)

Call or email your Members of Congress and tell them to prioritize healthcare access for all, regardless of immigration status, increase Medicaid funding, and enact policy to protect our healthcare workers. (Scroll down for script details!)

The Affordable Care Act could be an option for the previously-unemployed. But open-enrollment ended in December and Trump has refused to re-open the markets, denying millions the opportunity to purchase affordable care.

And Medicare/Medicaid cover approximately 34% of Americans. But as the Trump Administration has made it their targeted goal to defund and drop as many people off Medicaid as possible, this is also increasingly limited.

There’s never been a clearer moment in our history proving we need Medicare for All: a national insurance plan (like every other country in the developed world). And while we need to keep calling for Medicare For All during this time, we also need some immediate changes to weather this crisis in the short term.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress and demand these healthcare resources to tackle the COVID-19 crisis immediately:

  • Start with a reminder that this crisis is why you support Medicare for All
  • Call for an immediate re-opening of the insurance markets, so that any uninsured person can purchase insurance

 

  • Increase Medicaid federal funding and ensure testing and treatment is available for ALL (regardless of immigration status)

 

  • Set preventative measures to ensure no-price-gauging and end surprise billing

 

  • Enact OSHA standards to protect front-line workers (which include high percentages of women and people of color)

 

Although the death toll in our country has passed a heartbreaking 11,000, this number is almost certainly undercounted. And isn’t that just our country’s health story in a nutshell: undercounted, underfunded, underinsured. We’re over it.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition calling for Jared Kushner to be removed from the coronavirus response team, and check out the brilliant “Don’t Think of an Elephant” by George Lakoff — a quick read that contains the ultimate keys for Democrats to win elections — and arguments.

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