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City official says feds owed $192,000 as of Monday

The city of Portland, Ore. is fining the federal government $500 for every 15 minutes it maintains unpermitted fencing outside of the federal courthouse that has faced nightly attacks amid ongoing protests and rioting.

City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said in a statement Tuesday that the fencing is obstructing the street outside of the courthouse. As of Monday, she said, the federal government owed Portland $192,000.

“We intend to collect,” said Eudaly, who added that she was “committed to doing everything in my power to end this federal occupation and move forward with our community’s reckoning with racial injustice and our efforts to transform our approach to policing and public safety.”

Last week, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, which Eudaly is in charge of, sent a cease-and-desist letter demanding that the federal government take down the fence, which was erected on Wednesday and appeared to act as a barrier between federal agents and demonstrators throwing projectiles.

In her statement, Eudaly said the city had received no response to its letter.

“We are assessing the maximum fine of $500 for every 15 minutes the fence obstructs our street, and we are investigating other legal remedies available to us. Typically, we would send a maintenance crew or contractor to remove such an obstruction, but I will not send workers into harm’s way,” she said.

“Yes, I am afraid to direct workers to do their job and enforce our laws against the federal government—I hope that gives everyone reading this pause.”

Eudaly also suggested that the federal government was overreacting to “a few” violent demonstrators.

“Each and every one of you has a constitutional right to exercise your freedom of speech and to peacefully assemble,” she said. “The actions of a few should not negate these rights, and the response of law enforcement should be proportional to the infractions. Indiscriminately tear-gassing and firing impact munitions at thousands of peaceful protesters is not a proportionate response.”

Eudaly has been a prominent part of the chorus of criticism of federal agents by Portland politicians. Last week, she accused the Trump administration of “violating the constitutional rights of Portlanders … attempting to use Portland as a proving ground for fascism, and … plan[ning] to invade cities across the country, cities that are political targets of the president.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is leading the federal response in Portland, did not immediately provide comment for this story.

Author: Sam Dorman

Source: Fox News: Portland hits feds with $500 fine every 15 minutes fence stands outside besieged courthouse

A Democratic Georgia lawmaker has reversed an initial decision to step down from office after facing backlash for endorsing President Trump for reelection last week.

“Yesterday, I announced my intentions to resign from my office,” Rep. Vernon Jones, D-Lithonia, tweeted on Thursday.

“But shortly thereafter, the outpour[sic] of support I received was too great for me to ignore. I will not allow the Democrats to bully me into submission. I will not let them win. I will NOT resign.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded by thanking Jones for “demonstrating the courage of your convictions.”

Jones made waves last week when he endorsed Trump, saying in a video that he’s backing the Republican incumbent because of Trump’s support for criminal justice reform and historically black colleges and universities.

The endorsement resulted in swift blowback from fellow state Democrats, many of whom publicly said they would donate to Rhonda Taylor, a community activist running for Jones’ seat in the state’s June 9 Democratic primary. State Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, issued a statement calling Jones an “embarrassment.”

In another tweet Thursday, Jones accused Democrats of acting like “the bigots they claim to hate.”

“The way the Democrat Party has treated me this past week has made one thing clear: they are the bigots they claim to hate and I won’t be silent about it,” he said.

In an accompanying video, Jones said: “I will continue to let the Democratic Party know that the bigotry within this party is hurting African-Americans — and more and more African-Americans are thinking independently.”

Jones is no stranger to controversy, weathering allegations of theft while serving as CEO of DeKalb County between 2001 and 2009.

Jones is not the only Democratic lawmaker to catch heat for praising Trump. A group of Detroit Democrats reportedly will vote on Saturday on whether or not to censure Michigan Rep. Karen Whitsett, D-Detroit.

Whitsett previously told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that Trump saved her life by pushing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve so-called “off-label” use of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that the president has controversially touted in public.

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

Author: Sam Dorman

Source: Fox News: Georgia state rep who endorsed Trump reverses resignation, calls Dems ‘the bigots they claim to hate’

A new study claims that progressives’ Green New Deal (GND) would impose around $75,000 in average annual costs for households in key battleground states — raising questions as to how climate politics will impact voter sentiment going into the 2020 elections.

The report, released by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and Power the Future on Wednesday, builds upon a previous study from the organization last summer. Using updated data, the group found that within the first year of implementation, the GND would cost households an average of between $74,287 and $76,683 in 10 states — Colorado ($74,287), Florida ($76,109), Iowa ($76,683), Michigan ($74,470), New Hampshire ($74,723), New Mexico ($74,432), North Carolina ($74,609), Ohio ($75,807), Pennsylvania ($75,307), and Wisconsin ($75,252).

Those figures incorporate the cost of electricity production within the first year of the program, a one-time upgrade to vehicles and housing, as well as shipping and logistics costs incurred from GND mandates.

CEI also examined Alaska, which would purportedly face $84,584 in average annual household costs during the GND’s first year. While the costs for each of the states declined in the following years, they all faced more than $39,000 in average annual household costs in the long term (six years or more).

The report also identifies collective costs per state based on all of those factors, omitting electricity production.

In total, these states would face $2.7 trillion in aggregate costs to households. Households just in the key battleground state of Florida would face $700 billion in collective costs to fulfill the GND’s goal of transitioning towards electric vehicles, retrofit residential buildings, and complying with changes to shipping and logistics. Released on Wednesday, the study found that households in other major states — like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — would incur roughly $200-$400 billion in initial costs.

Because the GND is so sweeping in its goals, it was difficult for CEI to fully account for the true costs of implementation. And it’s unclear how Democratic spending would help mitigate the costs incurred by households.

Yet, the free market think tank calculated base estimates showing a hefty price for GND mandates energy-related provisions of the progressive proposal. The other aspects of the proposal, it said, “dwarf the energy-related costs by an order of magnitude.”

As the study’s authors point out, their numbers provide just a basis for the actual cost of the energy-related provisions. For example, their calculations exclude costs for air cargo, as well as for retrofitting commercial and industrial buildings. “Taken together, the estimated costs for retrofitting current residential, commercial, and industrial buildings is astronomical,” wrote authors Daniel Turner and Kent Lassman.

“The Green New Deal would effectively destroy America’s energy industry, and with it, our entire economy,” added Turner, the executive director of Power the Future, which partnered with CEI on the project.

“Right now, our booming national economy and record low unemployment rate is driven by abundant, domestic, reliable, and inexpensive energy produced by millions of men and women across the country,” he said. “Any policy that proposes to reverse this success is a threat to jobs, to rural communities, to national security, and to the very prosperity that Americans are experiencing.”

Both CEI and the Heritage Foundation have found that the Green New Deal’s energy goals alone would cost households hefty and likely impractical sums.

When the American Action Forum (AAF), led by former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, looked at the GND, it accounted for several other goals with primarily economic aims (“universal health care” and “guaranteed jobs”). It found that the program could cost as much as $94 trillion. By including those provisions, AAF’s calculations estimated that the average cost per household would be $600,000.

CEI has come under fire for taking donations from groups associated with the Koch brothers, two figures progressives have attacked for opposing climate change efforts. The organization describes itself on its website as a “non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty. CEI’s mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics.”

Wednesday’s numbers came as the Democratic primary results continued pointing to a strong progressive sentiment among those in the party: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who has endorsed the GND and received backing from its primary sponsor, won by substantial margins in both New Hampshire’s and Nevada’s contests this month.

Although voter concern about climate change has reportedly increased, it appears to be driven by Democrats. There’s a wide gap between the percentage of Republicans and Democrats who describe it as a top policy priority, according to Pew Research Center.

Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the plan’s primary proponent, maintain that the cost of inaction on climate change is unsustainable. According to Sanders, the proposed solutions — infrastructure and investment — would boost the U.S. economy as well.

On Tuesday, Sanders released more details about how he proposed to pay for his version of the GND, which he says would cost $16.3 trillion. That included $3.085 trillion from penalizing the fossil fuel industry “for their pollution” and from eliminating fossil fuel subsidies.

Another $6.4 trillion would purportedly come from “power marketing administrations,” which are energy entities created by government takeovers of the energy sector. It’s unclear how much those would cost and if that would offset the projected revenue increase.

Finally, Sanders warns that without action on climate change, the U.S. will “lose $34.5 trillion by the end of the century.” He also predicts savings as high as $70.4 trillion over 80 years by “averting climate catastrophe.”

Author: Sam Dorman

Source: Fox News: Green New Deal would cost swing-state households around $75G in first year: study

EXCLUSIVE: President Trump’s campaign will unveil a new pro-life coalition on Friday as part of its effort to drive pro-life voters to the polls in 2020, Fox News has learned.

The “Pro-Life Voices for Trump” coalition will be led by Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, who previously criticized Trump but came to praise his administration’s achievements on the issue.

“From appointing pro-life judges to defunding Planned Parenthood, President Trump’s track record demonstrates he’s the most pro-life President in history,” Dannenfelser said in a statement provided to Fox News.

News of the coalition came just a day before President Trump is set to take the stage at the March for Life, making history as the first president to address the massive gathering of pro-life activists in person. During a video message in 2018, Trump became the first sitting American president to address the March for Life.

“While President Trump continues to protect innocent life every day and at every stage, 2020 Democrats stand in stark contrast and support extreme pro-abortion policies,” the president said. “Re-electing President Trump means keeping pro-life values in the White House.”

Separately, Fox News has learned that a long list of senators will back the pro-life cause in videos that will air at the March for Life on Friday. One of the videos features women like Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, endorsing the March’s theme, “pro-life is pro-woman.”

The march is expected to draw a crowd of at least 100,000 in the nation’s capital as Republicans like Trump pursue an ambitious pro-life agenda. While Trump has faced substantial roadblocks in Congress, pro-life leaders have praised him for using his executive authority to nominate conservative justices and restrict funding for Planned Parenthood.

A Trump campaign video for the march highlights Trump’s hard line on the issue and adamantly denouncing Democrats for favoring taxpayer funding for the procedure. “We will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life,” he says in the video.

Then-candidate Trump initially provoked pro-life activists’ concerns given his previous comments on the issue. Now, according to the campaign, his new coalition includes major figures in the movement: Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America and others.

The March for Life’s timing is significant as it takes place around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade — the landmark Supreme Court decision that prohibited states from banning the procedure at certain points during pregnancy.

On the anniversary of that decision, Trump appeared to flout that legacy by declaring it the National Sanctity of Human Life Day. “Today, I call on the Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born,” Trump said in a proclamation Wednesday.

Friday’s speech will take place as both sides of the abortion debate prepare to pour vast sums of money and resources into the 2020 elections.

Last week, Planned Parenthood rolled out its most expensive electoral effort to date, warning about an unprecedented attack from Republicans. The operation will include everything from grassroots organizing and building its volunteer base to polling and paid advertisements. Several pro-life organizations will be spending millions of dollars — $52 million from Dannenfelser’s group — on the election as well.

“While President Trump continues to protect innocent life every day and at every stage, 2020 Democrats stand in stark contrast and support extreme pro-abortion policies. Re-electing President Trump means keeping pro-life values in the White House,” Dannenfelser said while announcing Trump’s coalition.

In addition to SBA List, groups like Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Heritage Action are similarly planning nationwide efforts to galvanize voters towards pro-life victories.

CWA President Penny Young Nance told Fox News on Friday that her group is readying a $1 million effort that includes digital and radio ads in addition to earned media. That number will likely grow as the group plans to continue raising money over the year.

The focus will be on “more local activities,” she said, noting that her organization would hold a bus tour rallying conservative women before the election.

Sam Dorman is a reporter with Fox News. You can follow him on Facebook here.

Author: Sam Dorman, Brooke Singman

Source: Fox News: Trump campaign launching pro-life coalition to galvanize voters on abortion

One of President Obama‘s former doctors reportedly disputed a letter released by former Vice President Joe Biden‘s campaign in which the former vice president’s own doctor praised the 77-year-old presidential candidate as a “healthy, vigorous” man.

“He’s not a healthy guy,” said Dr. David Scheiner, who previously served as Obama’s physician. According to the Washington Examiner, Scheiner read Biden’s medical history and said the presidential candidate “has a lot of issues.”

“He’s not in bad shape for his age, but I wouldn’t say he’s in outstanding health. Could I guarantee he won’t have issues for the next four years? He has a lot of issues that are just sort of sitting there,” Scheiner said.

Scheiner previously told the Examiner that Biden “looked frail” during the first Democratic primary debate. “I sort of got the feeling he wasn’t very strong. It was similar to the feeling I got when Republicans started attacking Mueller so fiercely,” he said.

Dr. David Scheiner and former Vice President Joe Biden. (Getty/AP).

Questions about Biden’s health and age have repeatedly come up since even before the former vice president declared his candidacy in April. In September, Biden committed to publicly releasing his medical records before the Iowa caucuses, to try and put to rest concerns over whether he was fit enough to take on President Trump in a general election campaign — and whether he would be up to the rigors and stress of serving as president.

On Tuesday, the Biden campaign released a statement from Dr. Kevin O’Connor, who served as White House physician to Biden for several years.

“Vice President Biden is a healthy, vigorous 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency, to include those as chief executive, head of state and commander in chief,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said.

In his report, O’Connor said that Biden is currently being treated for non-valvular atrial-fibrillation, better known as Afib, which is an irregular heartbeat. He said Biden is also being treated for hyperlipidemia, which is an abnormally high concentration of fats or lipids in the blood, as well as gastroesophageal reflux, a digestive disorder that occurs when acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids, back up from the stomach into the esophagus. And he noted that Biden – as many Americans do – suffers from seasonal allergies.

“For these, he takes three common prescription medications and two common over-the-counter medications,” O’Connor said.

His report listed Biden’s weight as 178 pounds and his height as 5 feet, 11.65 inches.

Biden’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Scheiner also commented on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s health. Bloomberg, also 77, threw his hat into the 2020 race late and provoked speculation that he thought 2020 frontrunners like Biden couldn’t cut it.

Bloomberg previously released his medical history with his doctor describing his health as “outstanding.”

“’Outstanding health’? With that history, I wouldn’t call it outstanding health,” Scheiner said, referring to the description as “hyperbole.”

Bloomberg’s doctor had disclosed that the former mayor was receiving treatment for arthritis and heartburn. The letter added that Bloomberg takes a blood thinner to treat atrial fibrillation and another medication to control his cholesterol.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Kelly Phares contributed to this report.

Author: Sam Dorman

Source: Fox News: Obama’s former doc says Biden ‘not a healthy guy’ after reviewing medical info: Report

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., encountered mass criticism on Thursday after she posted an Instagram video showing her smiling and apparently excited while walking to vote for President Trump’s impeachment.

“I am on my way to the United States House floor to impeach President Trump,” she said with a wide smile. She also panned the camera towards what appeared to be her staff. Someone could be heard laughing and shouting “woo!” in apparent celebration.

Tlaib famously pledged earlier this year to “impeach the motherf—-r,” giving Republicans fodder to discount House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that impeachment was a “somber” and “solemn” duty.

Pelosi, D-Calif., led her chamber in impeaching the president on Wednesday. House Democrats passed the articles of impeachment along partisan lines as Pelosi and others wore dark colors, apparently to mark the sad tone of the event.

On Thursday, President Trump posted Tlaib’s video, suggesting that progressives like Tlaib were a threat to Democrats’ political success.

“This is what the Dems are dealing with. Does anyone think this is good for the USA!” he said.

On Instagram, Tlaib also posted a picture of herself smiling with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who has long called for Trump’s impeachment.

The post contained the hashtag “#impeached” and the header of the photo read “MOOD” with Waters and Tlaib smiling.

Instagram

Republicans derided the display on Twitter, expressing doubts about Pelosi’s insistence that Democrats were being “solemn” about the historic vote.

“Democrats pat themselves on the back, shamelessly proud of their dishonest manipulation of the truth and a vote that has torn this country apart,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, tweeted. “This will go down as the weakest case for impeachment in history, justifying the founders’ fears of politically driven impeachment.”

“Watching @SpeakerPelosi and House Democrats pretending they were somber about #impeachment was comical,” Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., tweeted. “It was a foregone conclusion because — as you can see — they just couldn’t help themselves. #Hypocrites

Pelosi, one of the party’s highest-ranking officials, had to shoo away applause on the House floor after she announced the vote for article one of impeachment. Her office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Tlaib’s video.

Sam Dorman is a reporter with Fox News. You can follow him on Facebook here.

Author: Sam Dorman

Source: Fox News: Trump calls out Rashida Tlaib for posting video of herself excitedly walking to impeachment vote

A new report claims that former Vice President Joe Biden spent 35 years paying his female staff members less than his male staffers.

Biden never achieved pay equity in those years and paid women less than 50 percent of what men were paid at certain points, The Washington Free Beacon reported Wednesday.

The conservative outlet found those figures by analyzing data from the biannual report of the secretary of the Senate, which covers six-month periods. Staff not employed for the entirety of those periods weren’t included in the analysis.

The Beacon’s report came as Biden fought to maintain his front-runner status in the 2020 race, where issues surfaced surrounding his long tenure of public service.

Biden has long advocated for equal pay and in June called out the pay gap between the U.S. women’s and men’s soccer teams.

“In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men,” he said at the time.

Critics have argued that statistics on women’s pay fail to take into account differences in the types of jobs they perform. For example, The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schowe previously wrote that female soccer players didn’t make as much money because they attracted less interest, and therefore less ad revenue.

It’s unclear why Biden paid his female employees less. His campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

According to the Free Beacon, Biden came close to achieving pay equality in 2002 but the gap widened in 2008.

The Beacon’s Collin Anderson reported: “Women garnered as little as 44 percent of what Biden’s male employees made in 1983 and 1984 … During Biden’s final months as a senator in 2008, the gender pay gap again widened, as women in his office earned 66 percent as much as men — a gap 11 percentage points wider than the 2008 national average, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity.”

According to another analysis, the White House paid women less when Biden served under former President Obama’s administration.

Sam Dorman is a reporter with Fox News. You can follow him on Facebook here.

Author: Sam Dorman

Source: Fox News: Biden paid female staff less than males for decades, report says

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., previously referred to his community of Baltimore as a “drug-infested” area, using a term that President Trump included in a tweet widely panned as a racist attack on the city.

The video, tweeted by the president on Wednesday, showed Cummings lamenting the city’s scourge of drugs while speaking during what appeared to be a congressional hearing.

“This morning, I left my community of Baltimore — a drug-infested area where a lot of the drugs we are talking about today have already taken the lives of so many children,” he said. “The same children that I watched 14 or 15 years ago as they grew up, now walking around like zombies.”

Trump originally called Baltimore a “rat and rodent infested mess,” apparently conjuring allusions to racism for some media outlets. CNN’s Erin Burnett, for example, accused Trump of feeding his base’s “basest tendencies” by using those words to describe a majority-African American city.

“Infest has become sort of a trope for Trump,” she added before pointing to statements about immigrants and inner cities. “Infest is a loaded word throughout history.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., similarly called Trump’s tweets “racist,” although it’s unclear what exactly she was referring to in the tweets.

The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., responded to the old footage by asking whether Cummings himself was racist.

“Obviously racist… Right? Those are the rules!” he tweeted alongside the video.

Trump has defended himself by claiming that he was “stating plainly what most people already know.” “Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself. Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!” he said over the weekend.

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

Sam Dorman is a reporter with Fox News. You can follow him on Facebook here.

Author: Sam Dorman

Source: Fox News: Resurfaced video shows Elijah Cummings calling Baltimore ‘drug infested,’ likening residents to ‘zombies’

Oprah at Abrams rally: I’m not testing presidential waters

Oprah Winfrey fires up supporters at a Georgia campaign rally for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and denies that her appearance is linked to a future presidential run.

HBO host Bill Maher argued on Friday that there was a good chance former Vice President Joe Biden would ruin a 2020 bid and that talk show empress Oprah Winfrey was the only sure bet for beating the president.

“The only person who is a sure thing is Oprah Winfrey,” Maher said before emphasizing the importance of celebrity in American politics. Later in his monologue he said, “I am telling you that at this particular moment in history, in this particular election year, she is the only candidate who is a sure thing winner for the Democrats.”

He argued that Oprah “checks all the boxes” needed to beat Trump: she would energize the African American base, galvanize women, and wouldn’t “scare” white men.

“If Oprah’s running, don’t get in the way of women on election day or you’ll be seeing the color purple,” Maher said in a play off of one of Winfrey’s movies.

He went on to argue that like President Trump, Winfrey had the advantage of being in people’s living rooms for decades. “This is now a ‘as seen on TV kind of country,'” Maher asserted.

At the beginning of that segment, Maher ran through a list of leading Democratic candidates and ticked off reasons why they faced questionable prospects in a general election against Trump.

“I like Joe,” Maher said, referring to the frontrunner, “but if we give him the keys, there’s at least a 50 percent chance he gets in the car and mows down a farmer’s market.”

Speculation has swirled around Winfrey for a potential 2020 run, although she has made it clear that she wasn’t interested in the fight. “I know my path and my path isn’t that,” she said in April.

Author: Sam Dorman

Source: Fox News: Bill Maher claims Oprah would be only ‘sure’ bet for beating Trump in 2020

What is the true cost of Medicare for All?

Juniper Research Group founder and CEO Chris Jacobs breaks down the cost.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., specified Tuesday how he would pay for his “Medicare for All” program, which critics have lambasted for its cost and impact on the federal budget.

While campaigning in New Hampshire, he responded to an audience member’s question about payment by saying he would likely raise payroll taxes on employers as well as income taxes on high-income earners.

“It would cost you and ordinary Americans a lot less than you are currently spending on average,” he said before explaining his payment method.

“What it will probably end up looking like is a payroll tax on employers, an increase in income tax in a progressive way for ordinary people — with a significant deductible for low-income people who pay nothing for it,” he said.

He also said his campaign purposefully didn’t put out a detailed account of his payment plan because it would “engender enormous debate.”

Sanders was just one of many progressive, 2020 candidates to advance “Medicare for All” and other policies, prompting more vigorous debate about socialism in the United States.

The proposal has received varying cost estimates from different organizations. According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, one Medicare for All proposal from Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. would cost about $28 trillion – $32 trillion over a decade.

The American Action Forum, a conservative think tank, estimated the Green New Deal’s provision for universal health care would cost $36 trillion, with $260,000 in cost per household.

Another study from the Mercatus Institute, typically perceived as leaning right on fiscal issues, similarly predicted in 2018 that the cost would reach $32 trillion in 10 years but forsaw a scenario in which the nation could actually save more than $2 trillion on health expenditures.

An alternative scenario, accounting for less effective cost controls, would result in more than $3 trillion in additional costs. Mercatus also claimed that its study’s author thought the assumptions showing cost-savings may be unreasonable.

When Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma commented on the issue in April, she described the program as “the biggest threat to the American health care system.”

“What we’re talking about is stripping people of their private health insurance, forcing them into a government-run program,” she said. Her concerns echoed those of others who worried about the impact on existing health plans.

Sanders and others have championed universal health care as a human rights issue — citing the U.S.’s high health care costs and lack of coverage compared to other industrialized nations.

Sam Dorman is a reporter with Fox News. You can follow him on Facebook here.

Author: Sam Dorman

Source: Fox News: Bernie says he’ll probably raise payroll, income taxes to pay for ‘Medicare for All’

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