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April 3, 2020

This week's job report saw an additional 6.6 million people file initial unemployment claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adding to the previous week's then-record-breaking 3.3 million to leave nearly 10 million people newly unemployed. And with around 156 million Americans getting their coverage through job-based insurance, that leaves an estimated 3.5 million without insurance after the two-week COVID-19 unemployment surge, a report from the Economic Policy Institute reveals.

"Most nonelderly people in the United States who have health insurance get it through their own employer" or through a family member's employer-sponsored plan, the EPI writes. So a lot of those newly unemployed people, along with their families, likely lost their insurance — an especially dire consequence given that we're in a global pandemic.

To come up with its estimate, the EPI looked at unemployment numbers by industry from the state of Washington, where the new coronavirus first appeared in the U.S. The EPI does note "we can't say exactly how many people will lose insurance coverage altogether." Some layoffs and furloughs maintain workers' health insurance, others might continue coverage through COBRA (though it's expensive), and still others may hop on insurance plans with other family members, the EPI notes.

People who lost their health insurance along with their jobs also qualify for a special enrollment period through the federal government's insurance marketplace, which lasts 60 days from the time they lost their jobs. Find resources for enrolling in the marketplace here. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 5, 2019

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke has no questions about what led to this past weekend's mass shootings.

After 20 people were killed in his hometown of El Paso, Texas and another nine were killed in Dayton, Ohio, the Democratic presidential candidate passionately told reporters that President Trump is "inciting racism and violence in this country." And in two Monday morning show appearances, he definitely didn't backtrack.

O'Rourke first appeared on ABC News' This Week, where White House correspondent Jon Karl asked if O'Rourke was saying Trump "bears responsibility for what we just saw in El Paso." "I am," O'Rourke responded, bringing up how Trump has labeled Mexicans as "rapists and criminals" and saying he "encourages the kind of open racism ... that we saw here in El Paso, Texas."

O'Rourke got even more heated during his Morning Joe spot, comparing Trump's rhetoric surrounding Mexicans and Muslims to "the Third Reich" of "Nazi Germany." He then described how fed up he was with questions of whether Trump is racist. "Jesus Christ, of course he's racist," O'Rourke said. "He's been racist since day one — before day one." Kathryn Krawczyk

May 16, 2019

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has created the ultimate backhanded compliment.

On Thursday, McCarthy talked 2020 at an Axios event with reporter Mike Allen. The Republican obviously wasn't a big fan of his home-state Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif), saying she should "accomplish something in the Senate" before running for president. Yet he had a more subtle dig for former Vice President Joe Biden, and employed a stellar comparison to do it.

"I think Biden ... is the Jeb Bush of this cycle," McCarthy said, adding that "I think he could have run at a different time and he would have been the nominee. I think he has too much to apologize for." "No disrespect," McCarthy was sure to add, presumably directing this consolation at Biden.

McCarthy did leave out a few points that could invalidate his comparison, notably not mentioning that Biden smiles a whole lot more than the failed 2016 candidate, and also doesn't include punctuation in his signage that completely contradicts his persona. Kathryn Krawczyk

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