How, how does this make any sense right now?
Courtesy of NPR:
In a filing with the Supreme Court, the Trump administration has reaffirmed its position that the Affordable Care Act in its entirety is illegal because Congress eliminated the individual tax penalty for failing to purchase medical insurance.
Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the government’s chief advocate before the Supreme Court, said in a brief that the other provisions of Obamacare are impossible to separate from the individual mandate and that “it necessarily follows that the rest of the ACA must also fall.”
By some estimates, this could leave as many as 20 million people without health insurance.
I guess I should not be surprised that the Trump Administration would attack access to health care in this country during a pandemic, but I’m a human being so I can’t help it.
Why would any government try to make it harder to people to get health coverage during a crisis like this?
Or why would they cut funding into research that might determine a cure for the virus?
Because, yes they did that as well.
Courtesy of Ars Technica:
The National Institutes of Health abruptly cut off funding to a long-standing, well-regarded research project on bat coronaviruses only after the White House specifically told it to do so, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci made the revelation Tuesday at a Congressional hearing on the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is caused by a coronavirus that is genetically linked to those found in bats. Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas) asked Fauci why the NIH abruptly canceled funding for the project, which specifically worked to understand the risk of bat coronaviruses jumping to humans and causing devastating disease.
Fauci responded to Veasey saying: “It was cancelled because the NIH was told to cancel it.”
“And why were they told to cancel it?” Veasey pressed.
“I don’t know the reason, but we were told to cancel it,” Fauci said.
And keep in mind that this is happening while there is a surge of new Coronavirus cases.
In fact, Texas is now almost completely without hospital beds for the new cases.
Courtesy of Newsweek:
Houston’s Texas Medical Center, considered the largest medical complex in the world, reached 100 percent ICU occupancy Thursday, as Texas continues to cope with a surge in coronavirus cases.
According to a document obtained by The Houston Chronicle, about 28 percent of ICU beds are being used by COVID-19 patients, while 72 percent of them are currently occupied by non-COVID-19 patients.
The news comes as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise throughout Texas. In Harris County, where Houston is located, there are currently over 25,000 confirmed cases and at least 346 deaths. According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, there are currently over 125,000 confirmed cases in Texas and at least 2,249 fatalities.
And get this, things might be substantially worse than we are being led to believe.
Courtesy of NBC:
The true number of Americans who’ve been infected with COVID-19 may top 20 million, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Our best estimate right now is that for every case that’s reported, there actually are 10 other infections,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said on a call with reporters Thursday.
But hey, do you know what we should do according to the Trump Administration while all of this is going on?
Make it significantly harder for Americans to access health care, that’s what.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I am fucking done with this death cult that currently runs the country, and with everybody who continues to support them.