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Melania Trump Promotes Nature To Heal Sick Children

| by Michael Allen

First Lady Melania Trump promoted nature as a means to heal sick children while meeting with doctors, patients and families of patients on March 1 at the Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C.

According to the Children's National Health System, Melania advocated the gift of nature as a way to help children heal:

I am a passionate believer in integrating and interpreting nature's elements into our daily lives to create a warm, nurturing and positive environment.

I believe that these same natural benefits can be instrumental to enhancing the health and well-being of all children. It is important to me that children can recognize, identify and express their feelings in order to promote their mental wellness and healing process.

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Kurt Newman, President and CEO of the Children's National Health System, added: "Children's National has had a long tradition of welcoming our First Ladies, and we are excited to have Mrs. Trump join us today. We share her belief in the power of nature's beauty to help kids heal and thrive."

While the first lady touts nature as a way to heal kids, President Donald Trump's promised repeal of Obamacare could cost 13 million children their health care coverage, noted Forbes in December 2016.

The news site pointed to a report by the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center regarding a partial Obamacare repeal through budget reconciliation, which is the only way Senate Republicans can get past a Democratic filibuster:

We find that 4.4 million children and 7.6 million parents could lose coverage in 2019 if Congress's budget reconciliation process repeals pieces of the ACA without a replacement plan.

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Under the repeal bill, states would be able to reduce Medicaid and CHIP eligibility for children beginning in 2017. We find that up to 9 million more children could lose coverage if states lower Medicaid/CHIP eligibility to the new minimum standards.

The president insisted during his speech to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28 that Obamacare, which has provided coverage for some 20 million Americans, is a "disaster" and is "collapsing," notes CNBC:

Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care...

Obamacare is collapsing, and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice, it is a necessity. So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.

The problem Republicans face is they cannot enact an Obamacare replacement plan via reconciliation; they need Democratic support past the 60-vote filibuster threshold.

Sources: Children's National Health SystemForbes, CNBC / Photo credit: Melania Trump/Twitter

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