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Did Trump Confuse the Public Option With ‘Medicare for All’?

Did Trump Confuse the Public Option With ‘Medicare for All’?

“They have 180 million people, families under what he wants to do, which will basically be socialized medicine — you won’t even have a choice — they want to terminate 180 million plans.”President Donald Trump during the presidential debate, Oct. 22, 2020This story also ran on .During the final presidential debate, President Donald Trump claimed that 180 million people would lose their private health insurance to socialized medicine if the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president.“They have 180 million people, families under what he wants to do,...

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Trump Says He Saved 2 Million Lives From COVID. Really?

Trump Says He Saved 2 Million Lives From COVID. Really?

“We saved 2 million people” from dying of COVID-19.”President Donald Trump, during the Oct. 15 town hall on NBC NewsThis story was produced in partnership with .President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to have saved 2 million lives from COVID-19 through his actions to combat the disease.Recently, he made the assertion during the that replaced the second presidential debate.“But we were expected to lose, if you look at the original charts from original doctors who are respected by everybody, 2,200,000 people,” Trump said. “We saved 2 million people,” he added.He mentioned the same...

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No, the WHO Didn’t Change Its Lockdown Stance or ‘Admit’ Trump Was Right

No, the WHO Didn’t Change Its Lockdown Stance or ‘Admit’ Trump Was Right

“The World Health Organization just admitted that I was right. Lockdowns are killing countries all over the world. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself.”President Donald Trump, in a tweet, Oct. 12This story was produced in partnership with .On Monday, President Donald Trump claimed that the World Health Organization (WHO) “admitted” he was correct that using lockdowns to control the spread of COVID-19 was more damaging than the illness.In a , Trump wrote: “The World Health Organization just admitted that I was right. Lockdowns are killing countries all over the world. The cure...

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Oct 15
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Pence Said Biden Copied Trump’s Pandemic Response Plan. Pants on Fire!

Pence Said Biden Copied Trump’s Pandemic Response Plan. Pants on Fire!

Referring to plans to combat COVID-19: “The reality is when you look at the Biden plan, it reads an awful lot like what President Trump and I and our task force have been doing every step of the way.”— Vice President Mike Pence on Oct. 7, 2020, during the vice presidential debate.During last week’s vice presidential debate, moderator Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington bureau chief, asked Vice President Mike Pence about the U.S. COVID-19 death toll. Pence replied by touting the Trump administration’s actions to combat the pandemic, such as restrictions on travel from China, steps to expand...

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Victoria Knight
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Does the Federal Health Information Privacy Law Protect President Trump?

Does the Federal Health Information Privacy Law Protect President Trump?

This story also ran on .Within one day, President Donald Trump announced his COVID diagnosis and was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment. The flurry of events was stunning, confusing and triggered many questions. What was his prognosis? When was he last tested for COVID-19? What is his viral load?The answers were elusive.Picture the scene on Oct. 5. White House physician Dr. Sean Conley, flanked by other members of Trump’s medical team, met with reporters outside the hospital. But Conley would not disclose the results of the president’s lung scans and...

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Students’ Mass Migration Back to College Gets a Failing Grade

Students’ Mass Migration Back to College Gets a Failing Grade

September 17, 2020Who thought it would be a good idea to move thousands of teenagers and young adults across the country to college campuses, where, unencumbered by parental supervision, many college kids did what college kids do?Actually, and , two University of Illinois at Urbana-. They created a for the campus, which showed that with a robust, twice-a-week testing program for students, faculty and staff who are regularly on campus, a mask mandate and an app for contact tracing, for the whole semester. They even accounted for close interactions among college students.But that model failed...

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Victoria Knight
Sep 17
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GOP Senate Ad Misrepresents Montana Governor’s Stance

GOP Senate Ad Misrepresents Montana Governor’s Stance

“[Steve] Bullock’s health care plan will force rural hospitals to close. Medicare as we know it will change, replaced by a government-run program with fewer doctors and longer wait times.”A campaign television ad by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, July 17This story was produced in partnership with ., which was released in mid-July, states that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate for the Senate, supports a government-run health care program that would wreak havoc on the state’s health care infrastructure.“Bullock’s health care plan will force rural hospitals to...

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Victoria Knight
Aug 18
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Back to the Future: Trump’s History of Promising a Health Plan That Never Comes

Back to the Future: Trump’s History of Promising a Health Plan That Never Comes

This story also ran on .Ever since he was a presidential candidate, President Donald Trump has been promising the American people a “terrific,” “phenomenal” and “fantastic” new health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.But, in the 3½ years since he set up shop in the Oval Office, he has yet to deliver.In his early days on the campaign trail, circa 2015, he said on he would repeal Obamacare and replace it with “something terrific,” and on radio show he said the replacement would be “something great.” Fast-forward to 2020. Trump has promised an Obamacare replacement plan five times...

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Victoria Knight
Aug 13
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Without Federal Protections, Farm Workers Risk Coronavirus Infection to Harvest Crops

Without Federal Protections, Farm Workers Risk Coronavirus Infection to Harvest Crops

This story also ran on .KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It’s a busy time for the tomato-producing farms in this part of the state. Farms have staffed up with hundreds of workers, most of whom are Latino. Some live locally. Others are migrant workers who travel from farm to farm, chasing the summer growing seasons. Still others come from Mexico or Central America on temporary agricultural visas to work at certain farms.But, this year, the season is taking place under a cloud of coronavirus worries that, for these agricultural workers, hit close to home.“Almost every part of the process for picking...

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Victoria Knight
Aug 10
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Social Media Image About Mask Efficacy Right In Sentiment, But Percentages Are ‘Bonkers’

Social Media Image About Mask Efficacy Right In Sentiment, But Percentages Are ‘Bonkers’

COVID-19’s “contagion probability” between two people is 70% if the carrier is not masked, 5% if the carrier is masked, and 1.5% if both parties are— a viral image circulating on social media since AprilThis story was produced in partnership with .A popular social media post that’s been circulating on Instagram and Facebook depicts the degree to which mask-wearing interferes with the transmission of the novel coronavirus. It gives its highest “contagion probability” — a very precise 70% — to a person who has COVID-19 but interacts with others without wearing a mask. The lowest probability,...

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Victoria Knight
Jul 6
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Airlines Want Flyers To Feel Safe, But Grab Bag Of COVID Policies Adds Turbulence

Airlines Want Flyers To Feel Safe, But Grab Bag Of COVID Policies Adds Turbulence

This story also ran on .Tony Scott boarded an American Airlines flight May 25 from Los Angeles to Dallas. It was a trip he felt he had to take despite concerns about the coronavirus. His son, who lives in Texas, was having health problems.The teen seated next to Scott in business class wasn’t wearing a mask. Scott was surprised because before the flight he received an email from American reminding him masks were required. He flagged down a flight attendant, who gently reminded the teen of the face-covering rule. She still declined to wear the mask, and the flight attendant told Scott that...

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Victoria Knight
Jun 25
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Democratic Super PAC Uses Familiar Political Play To Hit Trump On Medicare

Democratic Super PAC Uses Familiar Political Play To Hit Trump On Medicare

“Our lives are on pause. We’re worried about our health. So why is Trump still trying to cut our Medicare? $451 billion in cuts in the middle of a deadly pandemic.”— Priorities USA Action in a TV and digital ad aired as of May 19This story was produced in partnership with .Priorities USA Action, a Democratic super PAC, a new digital and TV ad series criticizing President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.Among the ads is a 15-second spot, titled that alleges Trump is trying to cut Medicare during the global health emergency.“Our lives are on pause. We’re worried about our...

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Victoria Knight
Jun 1
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Evidence Shows Obama Team Left A Pandemic ‘Game Plan’ For Trump Administration

Evidence Shows Obama Team Left A Pandemic ‘Game Plan’ For Trump Administration

When discussing pandemic preparedness and COVID-19, “[c]learly, the Obama administration did not leave any kind of game plan for something like this.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during a May 11 Team Trump Facebook Live with Lara TrumpSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell alleged that the Obama administration did not provide the Trump administration with any information about the threat of a possible pandemic during a May 11 Team Trump Facebook Live with Lara Trump.This story was produced in partnership with .“They claim pandemics only happen once every 100 years, but what if...

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Victoria Knight
May 15
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Southwest CEO’s Boast About Airplanes’ Low COVID Risk Flies By Key Concerns

Southwest CEO’s Boast About Airplanes’ Low COVID Risk Flies By Key Concerns

“Regarding the risks of coronavirus transmission on an airplane, “it’s as safe as an environment as you’re going to find.” –— Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, earlier this month on CBS’ “Face the Nation”During a May 3 appearance on Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said that he believed it was safe for Americans to fly during the coronavirus epidemic and that a plane is as safe as any other space.“I don’t think the risk on an airplane is any greater risk than anywhere else, and in fact, you just look at the layered approach that we use. It’s as safe as an environment as you’re going to find,” said...

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Victoria Knight
May 11
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Viral Post Alleging Obama-Era Device Tax Caused Current PPE Shortage Is Way Off

Viral Post Alleging Obama-Era Device Tax Caused Current PPE Shortage Is Way Off

“Let me be clear, I signed the medical appliance tax bill that forced companies to outsource manufacturing of masks, gowns, gloves and ventilaors [sic] to China, Europe and Russia to avoid the tax.”A viral image circulating on social media in April, attributing this statement to President Barack ObamaA , which in April was shared widely on Facebook and made appearances on a conservative online discussion forum, asserts that former President Barack Obama signed legislation that caused companies to manufacture medical devices overseas, including items essential for the current coronavirus...

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Victoria Knight
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Biden Says OSHA Isn’t Doing Enough To Protect Workers’ From COVID-19

Biden Says OSHA Isn’t Doing Enough To Protect Workers’ From COVID-19

“Until this week, they [OSHA] weren’t even enforcing these guidelines. Still today, OSHA is not specifying which rules employees must follow or how to keep their workers safe and healthy.”Former Vice President Joe Biden in comments made during an April 15 virtual town hall meeting.This story was produced in partnership with .During an meeting with front-line workers, former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrats’ presumptive nominee for the White House, was asked by a meat processing worker what he would do to protect workers like her from COVID-19.“We lost a co-worker at my plant because...

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Victoria Knight
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Millennial Zeitgeist: Attitudes About COVID-19 Shift As Cases Among Young Adults Rise

Millennial Zeitgeist: Attitudes About COVID-19 Shift As Cases Among Young Adults Rise

This story also ran on .When Laura Mae, 27, first heard about the coronavirus, it didn’t seem like a big deal.“I’m in college, and school was still going on. It didn’t really sink in,” she said. “And once it did start spreading, I thought, if I did get it, I’m young and healthy, I’ll be fine. I don’t need to worry.”It was Saturday, March 14, and concerns about the coronavirus were amping up around the nation, said Laura Mae, who lives in Milwaukee. (Kaiser Health News is using Laura Mae’s first and middle names to grant her request for partial anonymity due to concern about online...

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Apr 10
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Online Coronavirus Tests Are Just The Latest Iffy Products Marketed To Anxious Consumers

Online Coronavirus Tests Are Just The Latest Iffy Products Marketed To Anxious Consumers

This story also ran on .Companies with experience in the “at-home” testing market began announcing in mid-March that they would be offering direct-to-consumer test kits for COVID-19.With panic running high and tests at hospitals and doctors’ offices hard to come by, the appeal was obvious.The kits were touted as a way for consumers to manage this difficult situation themselves. No struggle to see the doctor. No calls to the health department. No waiting in line at a drive-thru test site. Instead, consumers could collect their own samples, by either swabbing the throat or cheek or spitting...

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Mar 31
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Biden Falsely Blames Trump Administration For Rejecting WHO Coronavirus Test Kits (That Were Never Offered)

Biden Falsely Blames Trump Administration For Rejecting WHO Coronavirus Test Kits (That Were Never Offered)

“The World Health Organization offered the testing kits that they have available and to give it to us now. We refused them. We did not want to buy them.”Former Vice President Joe Biden in remarks during the March 16 Democratic presidential primary debateThis story was produced in partnership with .During Sunday night’s debate, while leveling criticism at President Donald Trump’s handling of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic, former Vice President Joe Biden said the Trump administration refused to get coronavirus testing kits from the World Health Organization.“Look, the...

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Victoria Knight
Mar 16
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Ships, Planes, Trains, Scooters All Need A Virus Wipe. But What Does A ‘Deep Clean’ Mean?

Ships, Planes, Trains, Scooters All Need A Virus Wipe. But What Does A ‘Deep Clean’ Mean?

This story also ran on .The Diamond Princess cruise ship. A Georgetown church in Washington, D.C. A Latin American restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina. A hotel in Oklahoma City. Two Broadway theaters in New York City.All announced that they’ve undergone a “deep clean” in recent weeks after discovering that a person infected with the novel coronavirus had been there.They are just the tip of a pile of businesses and consumer gathering spots that say they are stepping up cleaning protocols.While cleaning for the coronavirus is not that different from disinfecting for other viruses, like the...

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Victoria Knight
Mar 17
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Dental Shock: Six Pulled Teeth And One Unexpected Bill

Dental Shock: Six Pulled Teeth And One Unexpected Bill

This story also ran on .STATESVILLE, N.C. — The ache in three of Kathy McCracken’s teeth started almost four years ago. It was hard for her to chew and swallow. She was sensitive to both hot and cold food.“Pain, pain, pain” was how McCracken, now 69, described the feeling. After taking X-rays, she said, her dentist told her six teeth would need to be pulled.She had two teeth with exposed roots, holes in another two, one tooth with a cap that had a cavity underneath, and a piece of a tooth left from one that had been pulled, she said.McCracken found herself in difficult circumstances. The...

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Victoria Knight
Mar 10
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In An Exchange About Coronavirus, Homeland Security Chief Gets Flu Mortality Rate Wrong

In An Exchange About Coronavirus, Homeland Security Chief Gets Flu Mortality Rate Wrong

Statement: Says the mortality rate for the flu is “right around” that of the new coronavirus. “It’s right around 2%.”Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, in Feb. 25 testimony before a Senate appropriations subcommitteeDuring a Senate appropriations Feb. 25 subcommittee hearing, Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, said the U.S. flu mortality rate was about the same as the current estimated global mortality rate of the coronavirus outbreak.He made this statement during an exchange with Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) regarding what the acting secretary knew about...

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