Number Of Uninsured Children Rises For The First Time In Almost A Decade

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Maybe it's because of our president

Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families released a report today that showed that the number of uninsured children in America has risen for the first time in nearly a decade.

The findings are representative of 2017, and the data reveals that an estimated 276,000 more children lost insurance coverage between 2016 and 2017. The study notes that this type of data only started being collected in 2008, yet this is the first time in the study's history that "the number of children without health insurance reversed course."

The study notes that three-quarters of children who lost coverage last year "live in states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage to parents and other low-income adults." No state besides the District of Columbia was said to have experienced a decline in uninsured children, and nine states "experienced statistically significant increases" in their numbers.

The study notes that Texas has the largest number of children without health insurance: More than one in five children lacking coverage resides in the state. Moreover, states with higher American Indian and Alaska Native populations were shown to have higher uninsured rates than the national average for children.

Meanwhile, Trump is continuing to fuck with the Affordable Care Act.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.