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Accountability | Michigan

Report: New Revelations Expose Trump’s Deepening Coronavirus Failure in Michigan

By Cole Driver on March 31, 2020.

According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, as late as February 2020 Trump’s General Services Administration (GSA) was auctioning off cases of N95 masks that are now in national shortage for health care workers who are treating coronavirus patients. This comes mere days after the president created the coronavirus task force and calls into question Trump’s control over the process and lack of concern he took regarding the fatal virus. 

Accountability | Michigan

Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Trump Continues to Deny Michigan Hospitals Equipment and Aid

By Cole Driver on March 27, 2020.

In January, President Trump was briefed by his own intelligence officials on the potential widespread threat of coronavirus should it catalyze within U.S. borders, and instead of taking immediate action to prevent the potential pandemic, the president continued to deny its very existence.

Accountability | Michigan

President Trump Admits He Wants to Slash Michigan’s Medicare, Social Security Programs

By Cole Driver on January 24, 2020.

On Wednesday, President Trump admitted that, if elected to a second term, he will seek to cut the budgets for vital entitlement programs like Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid -- which millions of Americans rely upon every day.

When asked in an interview with CNBC if he would consider budget cuts to programs like Medicare, President Trump sharply answered yes. “At some point they will be,” Trump said. “At the right time, we will take a look at that.”

Accountability | Michigan

John James Repeatedly Called to Terminate The Affordable Care Act, Slash Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

By Cole Driver on November 19, 2019.

In a video posted to Youtube, Michigan Republican John James repeatedly called for the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, even going as far as labeling the law a “monstrosity,” which protects millions of Americans living with pre-existing conditions from discrmination by their health insurance provider.

“Our failure to repeal and replace Obamacare is the surest sign that we need new conservative leadership in Washington,”James said in Nov., 2017. “Someone who will go and work their tail off to remove this monstrosity.”

Accountability | Michigan

Former GM Employee Blasts Trump For Broken Promise to Autoworkers

By Cole Driver on August 27, 2019.

In a heartfelt op-ed penned yesterday in the Akron Beacon Journal, John DeGarmo, a decades-long employee of General Motors, called on President Trump to finally make good on his broken campaign promise to revive the auto industry across the Rust Belt. DeGarmo demanded action after he and others lost their jobs when the GM Lordstown plant in Ohio shuttered in March 2019.

Health Care | Michigan

Lawsuit Pushed By the Trump Admin Could Leave Thousands in Macomb County Without Health Care

By Cole Driver on July 29, 2019.

An ongoing lawsuit -- supported by the Trump Administration -- winding its way through a federal appeals court has the potential to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, upending the economic security and well-being of millions of Americans in the process. In Macomb County, Michigan, that could spell disaster.

During the 2019 open enrollment period, over 30,000 Macomb residents enrolled in a plan on the exchanges, and since the passage of the ACA, over 58,000 residents have gained coverage under the law’s Medicaid expansion.

Health Care | Michigan

As Calhoun County Continues to Suffer From the Opioid Crisis, No Additional Federal Funding in Sight

By Cole Driver on July 29, 2019.

Beginning in the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies -- such as Purdue Pharma -- assured doctors, patients and families that their new medication to relieve pain was non-addictive.

They lied.

Since the 90s, over-prescribed opioids, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, have flooded American households, taking hundreds of thousands of lives by overdose and fueling a public health crisis across the country. And recently, in regions like Calhoun County, Michigan, the opioid epidemic has taken a turn for the worse, leaving some to argue that not enough is being done at the federal level to address the crisis.

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