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Trump says it 'doesn't seem fair' that 30 million Americans are uninsured...

Trump says it 'doesn't seem fair' that 30 million Americans are uninsured and suggests he may expand Medicare or Medicaid

During Wednesday's coronavirus briefing, the Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts asked Vice President Mike Pence a series of pointed questions about the administration's decision this week not to temporarily reopen the Obamacare marketplace to allow uninsured Americans to purchase coverage during the pandemic.

"There will be people who don't have insurance who get sick before any of these mitigation efforts are put into place," Roberts said. "And without opening the healthcare exchanges, where can they find insurance? People who aren't insured by these companies that are covering the cost of the copays, where can people go, now, to get health insurance if they get - before they get sick?"

Pence did not answer the question but argued that Medicaid and some American health insurance companies were making "inspiring" decisions to waive copays on coronavirus testing and treatment.

[Trump] said it "doesn't seem fair" that so many Americans can't afford to purchase insurance but don't qualify for Medicare or Medicaid - appearing to suggest those programs could be expanded to include more people.

https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-trump-says-he-might-help-millions-of-uninsured-americans-2020-4

"April distance brings May existence..."

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A message from Samuel L Jackson...

"Unemployment will remain elevated as workers learn of generous benefits..."

The COVID-19 pandemic rages on, and the damage being done to the U.S. economy is expected to only get worse.

The U.S. Labor Department will release fresh data at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday morning that will show the effect of the novel coronavirus on employment in the U.S. The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits is expected to spike to a record-breaking 3.7 million for the week ended March 28, up from 3.283 million the week prior. Prior to the week ended March 21, the previous record was 695,000 claims filed the week ended October 2, 1982.

Though consensus estimates were for 3.7 million initial jobless claims for the week ended March 28, the range of estimates on Wall Street are wide, but the major firms expect the number to be in the millions. On the high end, Goldman Sachs expects 6 million claims for the week. Not far behind are Bank of America and Pantheon Macroeconomics expecting 5.5 million claims, while on the lower end, JPMorgan Asset Management predicts 2 million claims.

Claims are likely to remain elevated throughout April, especially as more business owners and workers learn about the more generous unemployment insurance benefits included in the Phase 3 legislation,“ Goldman Sachs economist David Mericle argued.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-covid-weekly-initial-jobless-claims-march-28-165758189.html

No; the workforce isn’t terrified of COVID; they’re just looking forward to the opportunity to sit home; lazy; and collect the generous outpouring of unemployment benefits...

/sarcasm

We lost one full time income permanently; our retirement savings decimated; and our healthcare evaporated from the fallout to the pandemic.

I can assure you that this “generous” conciliatory gesture is devastating to our household.

Who writes this sh*t?

Report: 78% of American Corporations Living Stimulus to Stimulus

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a concerning report this morning, finding that 78% of American corporations are barely scraping by and living stimulus to stimulus, sources laying naked atop a tiger pelt confirmed.

“It’s dire straits for hard-working legal entities in America, with many businesses struggling to dole out even a cool million in fun money to execs like me,” commented Royal Caribbean’s CEO Richard Fain while holding back tears as he opened a safe hidden behind a painting that was only half full of gold and ivory. “Corporations have already done everything we can to cut operating expenses — we slashed health benefits, reinvested our employees’ 401k accounts into stock buyback plans for our board members, and it’s still not enough. Hell, American Airlines euthanized half their flight crew, but Uncle Sam just pulls his purse strings tighter, sliding us mere single-digit billions: proof the federal government doesn’t give two shits about struggling Ltd’s. We have sharks and huge tanks to buy, damn it!”

Rep. Michael McCaul held a press conference to address legislation he introduced to help executives affected by the economic downturn.

“It’s a crying shame that we’re failing the corporations of this country by wasting millions on paid sick leave that people will just abuse by smoking Schedule-1 marijuana and shirking their economic responsibilities. Corporations are people, too, and since Coca-Cola can’t take a day off, neither should anyone else,” said McCaul, pulling out a binder containing his stimulus bill. “What I’m proposing is a modest $10B for each corporation whose founder doesn’t yet own an island, and a $40B slush fund for cabal meetings on the islands they’ll purchase to stimulate the economy.

https://thehardtimes.net/culture/report-78-of-american-corporations-living-stimulus-to-stimulus/

(New York) State Working to Shift Load from Downstate to Upstate Hospitals

Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday said 385 coronavirus deaths have now been recorded in the state. That was an increase of 100 over a 24-hour period.

Cuomo said the state is "working on equalizing and distributing the load of patients" in New York. He said the highest number of cases now is downstate "so we're working on a collaboration where we distribute the load between downstate hospitals and upstate hospitals." He said efforts are underway to increase the capacity for upstate hospitals.

The governor said places like dorms and hotels also likely will be used to treat COVID-19 patients.

Cuomo said New York state has tested more people for coronavirus than any other state in the nation.

The governor said 5,327 COVID-19 patients now are hospitalized in the state. He said 1,290 of them were being treated in intensive care units.

Read More: State Working to Shift Load from Downstate to Upstate Hospitals | https://bigfrog104.com/downstate-coronavirus-patients-to-be-moved-to-upstate-hospitals/?trackback=fbshare_mobile&utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

I understand that this is a measure to alleviate an overburdened hospital system downstate; however this seems more likely a solution to the federal government being unwilling to dedicate more resources to New York State...

This is fu*ked.

Nation's dogs fu*king loving whatever's going on right now

The nation’s dogs are absolutely loving whatever’s happening that’s allowing their most beloved humans to stay at home all the time...

Dogs across the country are full of joy as their families are suddenly spending much more time with them at home.

‘We don’t seem to be going out for walkies as much but we’re playing a lot of tug rope and catch in the back garden. And I’m getting lots of pets and attention. This is pretty sweet,’ Archie Woofingham III told us.

In related news, cats have never been as pissed off as they are right now...

https://www.dailysquat.com/nations-dogs-fucking-loving-whatevers-going-on-right-now/

The Economic Devastation Is Going to Be Worse Than You Think

The Economic Devastation Is Going to Be Worse Than You Think

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/03/covid-19s-devastating-effects-jobs-and-businesses/608461/?utm_source=feed&fbclid=IwAR3jnsE9dm4oohJJrMGCo59lsj2Cy8TwPoh5QLcJE3wR92CHjEVvPYct32Q

“The coronavirus’s overwhelming toll on jobs and businesses has only just begun.”

My wife’s office in New York closed permanently on Friday.

Twenty years with the company.

They decided they’d close the office in an effort of short term solvency; and pick up the pieces after the storm.

I was laid off indefinitely as well on Friday. We went from a low six figure income to ZERO in a matter of hours on Friday.

We’re terrified. We have savings on our balance sheets for about three months paid in full. Beyond that; we’re not exactly sure.

We’re just one example of double income earners grinding to a screeching halt.

This will far outlive the virus.

Good luck out there; friends!

21 Inmates, 17 Employees Test Positive for COVID-19 on Rikers Island: Officials

At least 38 inmates and employees have tested positive for COVID-19 on Rikers Island in New York City, officials confirmed over the weekend.

Twenty-one inmates on Rikers Island tested positive for novel coronavirus -- a dramatic increase from the first case reported by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday.

An additional 17 employees also tested positive, according to Jacqueline Sherman, the New York City Board of Correction's Interim Chair.

She says 58 people are being monitored in contagious disease and quarantine units and likely passed through "hundreds of housing areas and common areas over recent weeks and have been in close contact with many other people in custody and staff."

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/21-inmates-17-employees-test-positive-for-covid-19-on-rikers-island-officials/2338242/

Legal Aid Society attorney’s have received numerous accounts of poor sanitation options as well as an overall lack of concern for inmates by staff...

The irony...

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