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U.S. Vaccination Rates Fall Off, Imperiling Biden’s July 4th Goal
"Connected. Stay informed the Northwest only 24 hour news station Coma news 1000 FM 97 7 National slowdown in Covid vaccinations could put the president's goal of 70% of Americans with at least one shot by the Fourth of July at risk. Cuomo's Bill O'Neill has more with Washington Post health reporter Dan Diamond, the slowdown in vaccinations. It's not a regional thing. It's very widespread across the country, isn't it? Oh, it's national. It's being felt in every state. But there are some states in some places where the slowdown is even more acute. So on the coasts like an estate like Washington. Things are much further along with vaccination and say in Alabama or Mississippi or Georgia. Of course, as more people are getting vaccinated, we would expect to see the rates coming down. But there is real concern about this at the White House, isn't there Yeah, I think it's fair that the more people who get vaccinated, the harder it is to win over the holdouts. The low hanging fruit has been picked, but we are still nationwide. Only at about 50%, maybe a little bit more. Of all people being vaccinated. So there there are many millions more tens of millions more people who could still get the shot and have not. And the reason folks in the White House are concerned is there is an expectation that the virus which is absolutely falling, it's great news. That cases are down deaths are down, but that it could
Public Health Experts See Some Vaccine Skeptics Are Changing Their Minds
"Part of the next phase of the vaccine effort is targeting. Those that are still hesitant refusing to get their shots. The white house in public health experts are paying close attention to a recent focus group of vaccine skeptics. That changed their minds. Dan diamond national health reporter at the washington. Post joins us for why some are changing their minds on getting vaccinated. Thanks for joining us. Dan to be back there. We're still trying to find all those Vaccine skeptics and try to change their minds. We're starting to see some of that. Turn a little bit but You know i. it's so hard to pin down. we we've kind of plateaued with all the doses going out right now. There was a recent focus group. And we've talked about these focus groups before dan on seeing where people stand why they don't want to get the vaccine. Then maybe we can Targets a messing towards them and help change your mind so we saw a recent focus group again where we did see. A few people change their minds. So dan walk us through is why did they change your mind. And how is the messaging and a change now. Won't some people had been in the focus group about two months ago where they came in and they were all trump voters came in saying they weren't planning on getting the shot you know. Some of them did get this shot and they came back to talk about why you change. Their minds and in many cases was about getting more information. researchers doctors scientists believe. It's much safer to get the shot then to run the risk of getting infected. They're also where people who had very personal decisions about why they had gone from vaccine skeptic to vaccine ready sometimes it was talking to a family member who had been sick and said you know. You don't wanna get this. Do whatever you can to avoid the coronavirus other cases. It was a simple as listening to a radio segment or perhaps he did podcast.
"dan diamond" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"It through. If you don't attach it to this covered with Bill, I mean, does that really and then this video is saying that in fact, if you did go through with it, you know it would lead to 0.9% reduction in the number job. Well, I heard about the CBO score as I was walking out here, so I haven't talked with our economic team about that specifically on But at this point time it's still working its way through the process in Congress, and the parliamentarian still has to make a determination about what will be in the final package. That from today's briefing with White House press secretary Jen Psaki and this headline at Washington post dot com Quote House panel renews a probe into the Trump administration's interference with the covert 19 responds with more on that story. Joining us on the phone is Dan Diamond. He is national health reporter for The Washington Post. What can you tell us? He this is a probe that has been going on for months went by Jim Clyburn, Top House Democrat. Into the Trump administration's effort to meddle with what scientists were working on with the messaging that was coming out from career health officials and today, Clyburn announced that he's renewing that probe because now there's a new Congress. There is a new administration any heating additional information about where sue that political interference might have been And of course, that includes a number of email exchanges, including one with that then FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn and his deputy commissioner, What does that tell you? You know that you're referring to this was a Trump appointee named Paul Alexander. Pushing the top FDA regulators to make a drug called Unfortunately, the drug did not have any evidence of proving Kun virus. But this from pal I plowed Gender was arguing that there was forthcoming data that the FDA should make this drug more accessible. Ultimately, they didn't and the data that he was referring to. I looked at the study that eventually came out. It didn't say what Alexander was claiming it would What can you tell us about Paul Alexander? He really became a lightning rod back in the summer and early fall. Yes, He's someone that I reported on very closely Political last year, not I'm at the post continuing that coverage. Alexander was an ally of the spokesperson at the Health Department. Michael Caputo, who had worked with Donald Trump for used had been installed at the Health Department in the middle of the pandemic to control the message in Alexander was a professor from a Canadian university who was brought in to be a scientific advisor. Helping to puto essentially a battering ram on people like Tony Fauci. When political appointees disagreed with scientists, they might send Paul Alexander their way. He was kind of the same house expert for the political team led by the Trump administration. He was also fired last fall after media reports of his interference. Into various scientific findings, including very well known reports of the Centers for Disease Control would publish. Alexander was trying to change what those reports said toe align them with what President Trump is claiming about Corona virus. So is that specifically what Congressman Clyburn and House Democrats are looking into its part of it, Steve the investigation and Alexander began after those media reports on what he was interfering with, but it has since expanded In one of the frustrations that the committee has haven't talked to them. Today. They keep getting e mails about paw eggs and er, you know that, he said, But they're looking for more than 40. Other officials, their you know their documents and the Trump administration. Didn't make those emails. Those documents generally available. It mostly just kept turning over Paul Alexander's emails after he got fired, So he is a center of the investigation. But he's far from the only person they're looking at. We're talking with Dan Diamond of the Washington Post. So bottom line. Where do you think this investigation will lead? I think a lot depends on what the Biden administration wants to make public so they're in charge. Now they have the reins of power at the White House. And, of course, if the health department to they're sitting on documents that could be exculpatory could also be really embarrassing for the Trump administration. I think politically, The Biden team really wants those documents out. So I have a sense that the work with Clyburn and and other Democrats in Congress to expose some of the problems. In the corner virus response last year. Dan Diamond National Health reporter his work available tonight at Washington post dot com. Thank you for being with us. Thanks for having me Steve. Meanwhile, transportation secretary people to judge will quarantine after a member of his security detail tested positive for Corona virus. The agent was with the new transportation secretary this morning prior to receiving the positive test. He's therefore considered a close contact. We should point out that Secretary Buddha judge has since tested negative for covert 19. I mean, is not showing any symptoms. But he will quarantine for a 14 day period and will follow all other CDC guidelines. President Biden and Vice President Harris taking a virtual tour of the vaccination side of the State Farm stadium outside of Phoenix today. It opened in early January. And according to Dr Kara Crist, the director of Arizona's health services, it is one of six facilities across the state administering the vaccine. I got a call during the super bad from the commissioner of football on offering us the federal government, the 30 major stadiums, So I think they're gonna be coming to you to look at how you did it because you're doing such a great job. One last question. Do you? Uh, I was pleased a little surprised to hear that if a caretaker drove somebody or if I assume a family member Drove someone who qualifies to get the shot. They would also qualify as well. Is that correct? Yes, It's a clinical decision made on site at the time. It depends on our vaccine supply and the capacity that we have at the site to be able to register that additional person. What we really try. We know that people are in constant contact with family members and loved ones and the more we can do to surround them with vaccinated people like their caretaker. It. It just keeps people safer. Well, one of the things you may recall the vice president I announced about 15 days ago. We're going to try to get a 100 million shots. 100 days in the people's arms. We found out we didn't quite have the supply of vaccine we thought initially We're all set now, but we're exceeding that number. And so because of folks like you who are dedicated. I just wanted before I turn it over to the vice president. She may have some questions. I just want to thank you for your dedication. Your saving people's lives, short term and long term, So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I'm looking forward to meeting you. One day, my doctor. I joined the president. Thank you. Thank you. This is an incredible model. How are you? Reaching out to your hardest hit communities. And and those who may have a difficult time with transportation. Or just proportionately are some of the hardest hit. But maybe not receiving the vaccine. The greatest numbers. What kind of outreach are you doing? Way lost? You die. You're muted.
"dan diamond" Discussed on KOMO
"Flight to touch down in California. But now is Dan Diamond reports in the Washington Post. We're learning that the medical team who met Mr Evans and others weren't properly trained. They didn't wear simple protective gear like masks and clubs. And joins us on the coma. Nuesslein Good afternoon. How are you? I'm well, thank you before the plane landed. What kind of preparations were made to receive these potentially infected Americans? The plan was to have the state of California take custody of these Americans, but that fell through. At the last minute. The Centers for Disease Control determined that California didn't have medically appropriate facilities. It's the responsibility fell to the Federal Health Department. Which scrambled several dozen staff. They were sent to meet the evacuees at Air Reserve Base in California. And many of these folks were social workers They want people who were specialized in treating infection control. Covert 19 was not something that they had prepared for, so it came as a surprise. Many of those folks that they needed to have this protective equipment or even how to use it. You know, I think a lot of us probably remember how seriously the evacuation flights and quarantines were treated during the Ebola's crisis, and so we know the ability to do that existed. Come down to how it would play out on TV cameras. In this case, we'll dependent on which part of the evacuation. So what folks were first arriving, which was about 5 30 in the morning in California, there were some CDC officials there. There were some public health experts. But then again, there were these other health staffers who had never been trained for situations like this who are working with the evacuees. On paperwork who were sitting shoulder to shoulder with some of them in small rooms, is trying to fill out forms. Those those folks didn't always have masks or gloves certainly weren't told to wear them. Then there was an episode that federal watchdogs uncovered and that are reported on Where at one of these really town halls where all the evacuees were gathered together, one health official told others Look this. This could be bad objects. If people are taking photos and putting them up on social media. We don't want to scare anyone. So let's take off our gear and that alarm some of the health officials, but they do what they said they were told. So now there's the office of the special counsel investigating. There's The Washington Post investigation and report from you Are the people who were in charge at the time admitting to any failures or are they defending themselves? You know, I got Bob Chair. Oh, the top lawyer at the Health Department on the phone last night. He's the guy. Who oversaw part of the whistle blower investigation, He said that it was Problem, certainly that the Health Department wasn't prepared at the beginning. But he argued that the health Department move very quickly to get more protective equipment out that there were no infections that they were able to trace back to this dad handling of the first evacuees. Within a week there was a second evacuation. He said that that was much better prepared for with more equipment, more standards and so on, And he also defended the tough treatment of the whistle blower, he said. She was reporting these claims second hand it was incumbent on the lawyers at his department really pressed her claims and hold them accountable. But again, that's something that the special counsel disagrees with. And I think the thrust of the findings is that what the whistleblower was saying was true that health officials were put in the position. Where they weren't prepared to be safe and succeed. Spooky to read. I think at this point in time, especially with where we are with the pandemic now to see what was going on exactly a year ago. Dan Diamond with us on coma news reporter for the Washington Post, and you can find this coverage online at Washington post dot com. Dan Thank you. Thanks for having me. That's cool. Most Taylor Band size with the interview. Comeau News time for 39. Come on news. Are you ready? Make your best guess Who is it? Who is it? Time for the co Moh afternoon sound bite. And economists agree that if there's not more help Many more people will lose their small businesses to roofs over their heads and the ability to feed their families..
"dan diamond" Discussed on KOMO
"Lee 24 hour News Station Co. Moh news 1000 FM 97 7 Bill O'Neill at the editor's desk up Taylor fan sites. Among the headlines are following this afternoon, President Biden plans to visit Injured Service members today Walter Reed Medical Center. The trip is his first to that hospital as commander in chief. Earlier, he and Vice President Kamila Harris had an economic briefing with the new Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Dr Anthony Fauci, saying today that the president's work to reopen schools in the coming months. May not be enough found. She's saying that Biden is treating the problem seriously from both the students and teachers perspectives and said that while the president wants most elementary middle schools to reopen in his 1st 100 days what he calls mitigating circumstances may prevent that from happening. A year ago today, Jared Evans was in quarantine after he flew back to the United States from Wuhan, China. This is what he had to say It was completely chaos and the city was complete shutdown. Nobody was allowed on the road. He was one of nearly 200 citizens on an evacuation flight to touch down in California. But now is Dan Diamond reports in the Washington Post. We're learning that the medical team who met Mr Evans and others weren't properly trained. They didn't wear simple protective gear like masks and gloves. And joins us on the coma. Nuesslein Good afternoon. How are you? I'm well, thank you before the plane landed. What kind of preparations were made to receive these potentially infected Americans? The plan was to have the state of California take custody of these Americans, but that fell through at the last minute. The Centers for Disease Control. Determined that California didn't have medically appropriate facilities. It's the responsibility fell to the Federal Health Department, which scrambled several dozen staff. They were sent to meet the evacuees at Air Reserve Base in California. And many of these folks were social workers they want people who were specialized in treating infection control. Covert 19 was not something that they had prepared for. So it came as a surprise to many of those folks. That they needed to have this protective equipment or even how to use it. You know, I think a lot of us probably remember how seriously the evacuation flights and quarantines were treated during the Ebola's crisis, and so we know the ability to do that existed. Come down to how it would play out on TV cameras. In this case, we'll dependent on which part of the evacuation. So what folks were first arriving, which was about 5 30 in the morning in California, there were some CDC officials there. There were some public health experts. But then again, there were these other health staffers who had never been trained for a situation like this who are working with the evacuees. On paperwork who were sitting shoulder to shoulder with some of them in small rooms, is trying to fill out forms. Those those folks didn't always have masks or gloves certainly weren't told to wear them. Then there was an episode that federal watchdogs uncovered and that a reported on Where at one of these really town halls where all the evacuees were gathered together, one health official told others Look this. This could be bad objects. If people are taking photos and putting them up on social media. We don't want to scare anyone. So let's take off our gear and that alarm some of the health officials, but they did what they said they were told. So now there's the office of the special counsel investigating there's The Washington Post investigation and report from you Are the people who were in charge at the time admitting to any failures or are they defending themselves? You know, I got Bob Chair. Oh, the top lawyer at the Health Department on the phone last night. He's the guy who oversaw part of the whistle blower investigation. He said that it was Problem, certainly that the Health Department wasn't prepared at the beginning. But he argued that the health Department move very quickly to get more protective equipment out that there were no infections that they were able to trace back to this dad handling of the first evacuees. Within a week there was a second evacuation. He said that that was much better prepared for with more equipment, more standards and so on, And he also defended the tough treatment of the whistle blower, he said. He was reporting these claims second hand it was incumbent on the lawyers at his department really pressed her claims and hold them accountable. But again, that's something that the special counsel disagrees with. And I think the thrust of the findings is that what the whistleblower was saying was true that health officials were put in the position. Where they weren't prepared to be safe and succeed. Spooky to read. I think at this point in time, especially with where we are with the pandemic now to see what was going on exactly a year ago. Dan Diamond with us on coma news reporter for the Washington Post, and you can find this coverage online at Washington post dot com. Dan Thank you. Thanks.
"dan diamond" Discussed on WTOP
"It's 5 34 now, and there are fresh details about the early days of the pandemic and the lack of precautions taken around Americans who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. The Washington Post got to federal reports on the evacuation of Americans from Wuhan, China a year ago, and they show that when the evacuees touchdown at a California military base, they were greeted by health care workers who had no virus prevention plan, no infection training and who had not even been told to wear masks. Post reporter Dan Diamond broke the story down and joined w T o p about 200 Americans who have been evacuated from move on who were at this military base. They have lots of questions. There were various quote unquote town halls between the health officials and the evacuees. Apparently in one of these town halls. The health official told other staff to take off their masks and gloves and said that this was bad optics at this official was worried if the evacuees were posting photos on social media. It would attract attention do and make people nervous and health workers took off some of their gear. Now. The CDC did not provide clear guidance on the need for health workers to wear protective equipment until February, 1st three days after staff had spent hours working with the evacuees on planning and paperwork, the new covert 19 Varian, first detected in South Africa has now shown up for the first time in the U. S and South Carolina. And there's some concern about how effective our current vaccines are in fighting the new variant, But CNN health editor Maggie Box, says Madonna and find your vaccines, which are so amazingly effective right there like 95%, effective against the normally circulating variants. Tests that are being done in the labs indicate that they also elicits such an overwhelming immune response that they even protect people against this new South African variant as well. Virus variants, first reported in the UK and Brazil have also been found in the U. S Defense Department is considering sending active duty troops to large, federally run career. The virus vaccination centers, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. We also have other jobs to do clearly in the defense of the country, and so there's risk whenever you pull capabilities away, and we're gonna have to balance that risk with this request. What we're gonna contribute, and we're going to do so in as aggressive a manner as we can. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hoping to set up roughly 100 vaccine sites nationwide as early as next month and on Wednesday night requested that the Pentagon send help to support that effort. Many state governors have turned to their National Guard units to assist with the mass effort to vaccinate Americans. The Pentagon's role has been largely.
"dan diamond" Discussed on WTOP
"Colombia at 9 11. We want them infected. That's a quote from a former top Donald Trump appointee. Who repeatedly urged top health bosses to adopt herd immunity as a way of fighting Cove in 19 politico health reporter Dan Diamond broke the story by getting ahold of internal emails obtained by a House of Representatives watchdog. Dimitri talked with Diamond about what he's learned. Starting with that quote in an email. We want them infected. That was an email from a gentleman named Paul Alexander. She was a hand picked science advisor. To the handpicked head of the Health department's communications strategy by President Donald Trump. Sort of put another way. This is the guy who is advising the guy who's coming up with all communications for a good chunk of the pandemic this year from the health Department and the reason that Paul Alexander made this steam it He was arguing that if young Americans middle aged Americans without pre existing health conditions, even infants, the more people who are deliberately exposed to cove in 19 Alexander believed The easier would be to contain the virus because there would be with known as who'd immunity and the population would be harder for the virus to spread. If more people had already contracted it. The White House has repeatedly denied it was going for herd immunity. Did it continue with the denials when presented with your reporting? Dimitri? I think what the White House and what the health Department specifically have argued. Is that Paul Alexander was just one guy at his repeated calls for her community and emails that he sent for weeks or even months that those were ignored. I would say, though, the fact that he was sending those emails for weeks and months to people like the head of the CDC, the head of the FDA. This was allowed to go on, and this created pressure inside the department simply because he was seen as someone who spoke with the voice of the White House behind him. So while strategy might not have been changed, certainly a lot of pressure was applied to health officials regarding Paul Alexander and what you were able to dig up. What is the reaction from Democrats in Congress? Well, I think they're outraged and given the concern from the public health community. I think a lot of that is understandable. Jim Clyburn at the chair of the House Oversight Select Subcommittee on coronavirus. His team unearthed the females. It followed an investigation and we did a politico. The Democrats opened approve into Paul Alexander and some of his email and what Jim Clyburn is saying is that he wants even more access from the health Department. He wants them to turn over more emails and make CDC director Robert Redfield available for an interview in the coming days. I should know Dimitri they had been asking the Democrats on and this committee I've been asking for these emails for weeks months. They only got these emails after the election, So there's still more emails that they think are out there more documents that they want to see and that's what they're pushing for. Think that Paul Alexander is just one voice. He's not in the government anymore. He was pushed out several days after we reported his interference with Tony Fauci and his attempts to change CDC reports back in September, So he's been gone for a few months. But the fact that he was there that he was able to share these kinds of messages. Without seeming any pushback from senior people. That raises real concern from public health experts and certainly from reporters like me who want to know if these emails exists. Are there. Other documents that go even further that is political health reporter Dan Diamond 9 15 sports at.
"dan diamond" Discussed on WTOP
"Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, will receive the vaccine publicly on Friday. 7 39 w t o p. We want them infected. That's a quote from a former top Donald Trump appointee who repeatedly urged top health bosses to adopt herd immunity as a way of fighting Cove in 19 political health reporter Dan Diamond broke the story by getting hold of internal emails obtained by House of Representatives watchdog Dmitri speaks with Diamond about what he's learned, starting with their quote in an email. We want them infected. That was an email from a gentleman named Paul Alexander. He was hand picked science advisor. To be handpicked head of the Health department's communications strategy by President Donald Trump. Sort of put another way. This is the guy who is advising the guy who's coming up with all communications for a good chunk of the pandemic this year from the health Department and the reason that Paul Alexander made this steam it He was arguing that if young Americans middle aged Americans without pre existing health conditions, even infants, the more people who were deliberately exposed to cove in 19 Alexander believed Easier would be to contain the virus because there would be with known as who community and the population would be harder for the virus to spread. If more people had already contracted it. The White House has repeatedly denied it was going for herd immunity. Did it continue with the denials when presented with your reporting? Dimitri? I think what the White House and what the health Department specifically have argued. Is that Paul Alexander was just one guy at his repeated calls for her community and emails that he sent for weeks or even months that those were ignored. I would say, though, the fact that he was sending those emails for weeks and months to people like the head of the CDC, the head of the FDA. This was allowed to go on, and this created pressure inside the department simply because he was seen as someone who spoke with the voice of the White House behind him. That's political health reporter Dan Diamond. Sports.
"dan diamond" Discussed on KCRW
"Told lawmakers on Monday that she had received a directive one she understood had come from CDC director Robert Redfield. That directive ordered her to destroy an email that came from a trump appointee. Email was a demand to juice data that supposedly made President Trump look back for more on these allegations. We're joined now by politicos, Dan Diamond. Welcome. Also, thanks for having me back. So tell us more about this woman who made these allegations And where did she make them exactly? The woman who spoke to the committee is Charlotte Kent, She's editor of the CDC is Morbidity and Mortality Weekly reports. These are sacred texts in the scientific community. They come out regularly with updates on the agency's findings. There have been a lot of updates on Corona virus this year understandably, and she made these comments to House investigators on Monday. As part of a larger probe that the committee is doing into the coronavirus response after her comments, the probe was somewhat put on pause because the Trump administration did not make other officials available. Oh, interesting. Okay, So we're getting all of this through Democratic Congressman James Clyburn. What exactly is he saying? What Congressman Clyburn is saying is that Charlie can't told the committee that the email sent by Trump appointing and Paul Alexander An email that we reported on a political about three months ago, instructing the agency to essentially hand over control of these morbidity and mortality reports. To trump appointees to political appointees in the public affairs shop that can't told the committee not only to Dr Redfield make go along with efforts To have these emails BB sent but that Dr Redfield wanted the email to be deleted that when she went to look for it in our own inbox, she couldn't find it. And has Robert Redfield, the CDC director. Has he responded to any of these allegations so far, Dr Redfield put out a statement through the department that he did not Hey, didn't say whether he wanted anyone to delete it. He did say he wanted staff to ignore the email. So I've asked directly haven't gotten any confirmation about whether he said to delete the email or not. Okay. Now are these the first allegations that we're hearing about political interference at the C D. C e. I mean and if not have other allegations been proven true about political interference. Also, these are definitely not the first allegations about political interference. This has been going on all year and specifically the gentleman who sent the email Paul Alexander, The Washington Post Lena Son wrote about this in the summer. My colleague Sara over mall politico at a story about how Paul Alexander was trying to muzzle Tony Fauci, who's not at the CDC, but also a top scientific appointee. There have been consistent efforts and battles between people at the CDC and at the White House in the broader health Department. People at the White House have been convinced that the career scientists at the CDC we're working against. Donald Trump and trying to make the pandemic seem worse than awas. I should hasten to add there's no evidence that that was the case. And diamond investigates healthcare politics and policy at politico. Thank you very much also, thank you. And we have reached out to the CDC and Dr Redfield for comment, but have not yet received a response. Handful of new studies have recently tried to answer one of the most important questions facing K through 12 schools. How much learning have students lost by having to do school remotely? Is no one universal answer, especially because some of the most marginalized students are also the least likely to be back in a physical classroom. At this point in the pandemic to unpack what we know and what we don't we're joined by NPR's Cory Turner..
"dan diamond" Discussed on KPCC
"More than it is inside of China today. That's because as with all communist regimes, the Chinese Communist Party deems itself the ultimate moral authority. Increasingly repressive CCP, frightened by its own lack of democratic legitimacy, works day and night to snuff out the lamp of freedom. Especially religious freedom on a horrifying scale. Nancy. The pope also declined the opportunity to meet Mike Pompeo explain what's going on here. Sure, so there were two things that kind of led up to this trip. One China was in the midst of negotiating a deal that essentially in which the church legitimate recognizes and accept. A cz legitimate bishops chosen by Beijing, which has been a divisive issue amongst some within the Catholic community, the feeling being That Pope Francis has been too soft on China and evangelicals arguably feeling that that that that the pope needs to be sort of stronger and more aggressive and that by legitimizing those bishops They're pure, essentially, state sponsored, Um, PayPal's and in the run up to this trip, Secretary Pompeo wrote an article in a Christian magazine in which he essentially criticizes decision and called for What suggested that they shouldn't do this, that that, um that there are abuses happening of religious freedoms in China, and that by recognizing their their bishops, the the church was sort of sanctifying was essentially the suggestion, though not stated. Some of some of these abuses that happened across religions, and so Secretary. Pompeii, who had an audience with the pope last year was declined this year. The thie Vatican said that it was because the pope clearly does not receive political figures ahead of the election. And so what? Some took the says was an attempt by Secretary Pompeo to expose or highlight or bolster sort of evangelical support amongst Trump supporters ahead the election by noting highlighting Putting a spotlight on this division within the Catholic community about how to treat China. But we got this tweet from for Lord's sake, who says American criticism of the Vatican's engagement with China shows a lack of understanding of ancient cultures? Our policies must unfold and 4 to 8 years where the Vatican and Chinese Khun think in terms of decades and centuries. Your thoughts, Nancy. One of the things that struck me about this is one that I should note that pram Pale had an audience with other members of of the Vatican. What was striking to me is that the article he published one would've thought could have been addressed privately in terms of a diplomatic effort. And so I think the decision to have it in such a public way was as as your caller points out a sort of Intentional one targeted sort of display of the disagreement the US has over China. I mean, I think it's part of this broader effort by the Trump administration to isolate China. I think we think of it so often as trade or sanctions or militarily. But this is another area, even its approach to religion that that the Trump Administration has really sought to stake out unturned. Ash Nall response that that that calls for some form of isolation. Well, we should be clear there are well reported abuses on religious freedoms in China. Why would the Vatican be hesitant to speak out against it? Well, I think hope Francis has indicated in the past that that that they that this is a way for them to have a window into what's happening with with the Catholic faith in China, and I think he has taken a position frankly different than the U. S administration that that that isolating China isolating the Catholic Church in China is not The way that the Vatican wants to approach approach the challenges there, and I should also point out that this is an area where we've seen a huge Catholic population. Remember this is a country of a billion people on so I think there's a feeling as well that the isolating is not a practical option for the church. We're talking to Nancy Yusef from the Wall Street Journal. And as we talked about at the top of the show, President Trump has tested positive for Corona virus. Joining us now to talk about that is someone who's covered this pandemic. In the White House response from the beginning politicos Dan Diamond, he covers health policy and hosts the pulse Check podcast. And welcome back to one A. Jen. Thanks for having me back. What was your reaction to the news that broke overnight? My first reaction was, I feel like I should have gone to bed about an hour ago, and then I could have gotten a good night's sleep. But it was. It was an outcome that seemed both concerning but also predictable. The president and his team have been reckless for a long time on Corona virus. The president didn't wear a mask. For months, His team has repeatedly ignored guidance around what to do in terms of safety protocols. They rolled back some protections at the White House this summer. Just a few days ago at the debate, the president mocked Joe Biden for wearing a mask. His family ignored Cleveland clinics protocols about wearing a mask on campus and Jen this summer, I wrote about how staff at the Presidents own campaign headquarters felt like that they couldn't take safety precautions that they would be mocked. If they socially distanced or wear masks, and you asked my reaction. I remember thinking back at the beginning of the year, There was a moment when a top CDC official who warned publicly warned Americans At the Corona virus pandemic. It was a matter of when not if it arrived in America, and the president was really unhappy about that. But in context, I think the president's own diagnosis is somewhat of a matter of when not if given all of the Decisions and lack of protections that he and his team made for months. Well, it's been difficult to get information about the president's health for his entire tenure in office. What do we know about how he's doing? According to the White House chief of staff. The president has quote mild symptoms now that could mean a lot of different things. The fact that the president has symptoms at all. Means that he is in a different category than the many Americans who have contracted Corona virus and not had any symptoms whatsoever. But there have been varying reports that he may have a cough and a fever. I have not done that reporting myself, so I want to be careful what I say. But This is an unusual disease, and it can affect people in very different ways. The fact that he has symptoms doesn't necessarily mean it will go any specific direction in the days and weeks to come. We got this question from Jackson, who asks how many other White House staff have it and, well, we know, reports say the staff don't wear masks around each other, but we have a significant portion of the White House out of commission for a few weeks. Dan. I won't ask you to speculate too much. But Jackson, they're sharing concern about the larger impact on White House staff. There are a lot of people who are very nervous and concerned. Because of the lack of protections. Earlier this year, there were a few cases of covert 19 in the White House and in the inner circle of the president and the vice president. I reported first, I think that Katie Miller The vice president's press secretary had contracted covert 19 or some other staffers who contracted the virus as well as of Friday morning. We know that who picks President's close adviser, as well as the first lady Melania Trump have the virus as well. The head of the RNC contracted the virus recently. It's unclear whether that was from traveling in the same circles. The White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows told reporters on Friday. They fully expect more positive cases to come out. Do we know what kind of contract contact tracing the White House's engaged into this point? The first part of contact, tracing interested to find for listeners who mean I know exactly what that means. The idea that you will trace where the virus came from who was exposed and foreign people who might have been put at risk..
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"Were speaking with Dan Diamond, a reporter who investigates health, politics and policy for politico. He and his colleagues have done many stories in recent weeks about political influence being exerted on health policy in the Trump administration. Including efforts to edit scientific reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Dan time. And there was another story that you had about a $250 million contract that the Department of Health and Human Services has granted to quote, defeat, despair and inspire hope. Over the corona virus pandemic. Tell us about this contract. This contract appeared in the past few weeks. Dave, My colleague, Daniel, Limited politico is first to catch wind of it. And it is an enormous enormous advertising expenditure and dwarfs. Spending on other efforts were underway for other political initiatives and some public health initiatives. It also was steered quite closely by Michael Caputo, the political spokesperson who had no medical or scientific background. Historically, when these campaigns come out of the health department There are public health experts playing a central role, if not playing the key role in shaping say how the nation is advertising messaging around the opioid epidemic. So From the jump. It had some unusual characteristics and the messaging around the contract the idea of inspiring hope and defeating despair. That's a message that Mr Caputo was espousing as soon as he stepped into the job at a check just back in the spring. It's also something that President Trump himself believes that Americans need to be as optimistic as possible about the state. Of Kuvin 19. The question then is why is this massive campaign being unveiled so close to a presidential election? And is that campaign something that the president Mr Caputo and others are using? To try and boost how Americans think the Trump Administration has handled this outbreak. Democrats have stepped in and have called on the health Department to pause the contract. They're undergoing investigations now. Into into its nature. It's also something that we're continuing to report on very closely at politico. I think everyone in public health understands the need for clear, crisp communication around Cove in 19. The issue is a campaign that arrives at this point in the year. That would seem to have political fingerprints all over it. You know, I have to say I mean, I covered government and you know, we get used to big numbers. But $250 million is Enough spending on the scale of interstate highway construction. That's not what you think of a za communications campaign. What were they going to Dubai ads? I mean, how do you spend $250 Million and I know it's a big country. You know, I was talking to an official the other day. Who said, you know, prepare for the Super Bowl, sponsored by the Health Department with Super Bowl ads on on Cove in 19 0? No, that would actually come after the election. Interestingly enough, but I think the campaign was going to lean very heavily on public service announcements in TV commercials, so that's a lot of TV and a lot of video ads there. Are still ads being cut is my understanding the campaign could take a very different shape now that Michael Caputo's on medical leave. But $250 million is a lot of money. Not not just Being put towards public health communications. That's money that could be put toward a lot of other things in the middle of a pandemic. There was another controversy over messaging on the pandemic involving the FDA, The Food and Drug Administration and It's saying encouraging things about blood plasma transplants as a treatment for cove in 19. You want to explain what happened here? You know, As you mentioned these, it really is just a parade of communications mishaps or massive scrutiny. FDA, the Food and Drug Administration. Regulates and approves treatments. Therapy's not just for covert 19, but they're playing a central role in helping rush therapeutics out to Americans who might be afflicted by Koven idea. Recently, there was a dustup over blood plasma, convalescent plasma and its benefits and potentially reducing the effects of Koven 19. This is this is a blood plasma from someone who has already taken and survived. Cover 19, right? That is that is correct. This is an idea that the FDA commissioner had spoken aggressively about the president. Trump and his aides really were hopeful on that taking plasma from people who have recovered from Cove in 19. That that could be used to help other people recover from Cove in 19 and the FDA went ahead with what's known as an emergency use authorization that clear the lanes for convalescent plasma to be used as An emergency treatment in the response to Cova 19. Now the issue Dave is that the evidence so far has been thin on whether convalescent plasma is going to be Major help, and that when the FDA unveiled this treatment that some of the claims that the FDA was making were overstated that this agency that historically has been a political and not involved In political messaging was yet again tied up in what seemed to be the president's effort to convey an optimistic take on the state of Corona virus that the science was taking a back seat. Making a bold Political statement about how Corona virus was being contained, right And in this case, eventually the commissioner of the FDA, Stephen Han, apologize right and said We shouldn't. We shouldn't have said what we said. Within about a day as a CZ. Condemnation rolled in on as fear has risen that FDA would be used as a political prop. I think the commissioner Saw the winds and took to Twitter to apologize. He called me to convey his apology too, and say that he got it wrong. Wanted. People to be clear that he understood white, overstating the data had been a mistake and that FDA was committed to the science moving forward, but that apology itself cause problems inside the health department. And inside the White House. There were some, like Michael Caputo, who didn't want to see the FDA commissioner Apologize who thought that it was giving in to the critics of the administration when I think it was just an effort to make sure that the science was grounded in what scientists had actually found, and we should just know that I mean that the FDA is going to have to approve of vaccines, so its credibility is pretty important going forward. Absolutely. And Dave I I think what Lister should know about the FDA. There has been a long running fight all year over hydroxy Clara Quinn, the malaria drug that the president seemed to think would be a silver bullet. In fighting Corona virus Back in the spring. FDA first granted an emergency authorization for eye drops the clerk when before later pulling it away, given the lack of evidence in the public health world. The whole hydroxide clerk. One affair has been scandalous, with President Trump publicly suggesting that he had the FDA commissioner at his Beck and call Fox News TV hosts stumped for the drug in some cases, got meeting with the meetings with the commissioner. And to make it all worse. There was virtually no evidence that the drug worked to stop Corona virus. And if anything, there's been evidence, arguing the opposite that put people at risk. Many senior officials in FDA, including commissioner Han had been haunted by the dust up over hydroxide Cork when they worry that the institution there are reputations have been harmed, and that's why there has been such an effort to first walk back. Any over statements about plasma and second to try and establish guard rails to govern. What will happen with the current virus vaccine in the coming weeks and months. Let me reintroduce. You're going to take a break Here. We're speaking with Dan Diamond. He investigates health,.
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"John Lewis and C T. Vivian. We're going to talk about their legacies later in the show. Plus, we have an eye on Portland as well. Now more than 50 nights of protests and new reports of unidentified federal troops making arrest all that is coming up. But we start with the fight against Cove in 19. According to the Johns Hopkins Corona Virus Resource Center. There are now more than 3.7 million cases of covert 19 in the United States, and so far more than 140,000 people have died. Since the beginning of the pandemic, federal agencies have been split on how to stop the spread of the virus. And last week that division reached a fever pitch. The Trump Administration ordered hospitals to begin reporting covert 19 data directly to the Department of Health and Human Services. Bypassing the Centers for Disease control. And although the CDC has continued to publish recommendations to stop the spread of the virus, Trump administration has implicitly and explicitly to five the CDC recommendations. For example, it wasn't until last week that the president was first seen wearing a mask in public, which has been proven to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Divisions between the White House and the CDC and how they've shaped the direction of the pandemic is where we start today. For more. I'm joined by Dan Diamond Political reporter tracking Healthcare under the Trump administration, Dan Great to have you back on the show. Tansy. Anna, How are you? I'm well, thanks and also on the line. We have Dr Howard Co former assistant secretary.
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"Ever come politico investigative reporter Dan Diamond joining us live via Skype with more Dan. Thanks for joining us tell us about what might and might not be delivered on a vaccine and that what possible cost here. Well can What might be delivered is a vaccine in the coming months by the Trump administration. They have an effort underway called Operation Warp speed that refers to the sheer speed that is being brought to bear in a way that never has been brought before trying to produce the vaccine Candidates. Essentially at the same time that they're doing. The research of one vaccine turns out to actually be working. There already be doses available in the months to come. But at the same time, this is science that has not been done before at this pace. He's a very good chance that we will fall off the timetable of delivering a vaccine within the next 56 months for the vaccine that is devised might not be fully protective. It might be partially out for which would be good, but it would not be the silver bullet. At the White House really wants to stop Corona virus when it comes to health experts. Is there a conflict between optimism, politics and reality here to get a vaccine? I think in the health expert community there, there is a sense of realism. That vaccine is necessary. There is no way we're going to stop Corona virus without having something to get large scale herd immunity, but we can't do it with a vaccine alone. We need to still have some element of social distancing some treatments and therapies that will work right now. We really only have two and they're only partially helpful in certain situations. So overall effort has to be balanced. It can'tjust rest on a vaccine. What I hear from health experts and scientists. They're worried that the White House is putting too much on this vaccine and not enough for all the blocking and tackling not just fighting the virus as it stands. While the vaccine work continues. Will you also see a shift in focus toward making sure this recent surge in covert 19 cases is controlled? Can. This is something that has come up more and more in the White House in recent days, I think it's fair to say the White House took their eye off the ball. But on this, the cases had gone down on the Eastern Seaboard. New York City, New York State looked a lot better. But in recent weeks we've seen surges all over the country. And that makes folks worried because it's so much harder to contain 15 outbreaks, as opposed to just two or three. The warning from Tony Theology to Congress today was that there could be as many as 100,000 cases per day in the weeks ahead if we don't get this under control I know the White House is trying to figure out now what more they need to do at this point in the outbreak, especially because the messages have been so mixed over the past number of weeks. Let it go. Investigative reporter Dan Diamond on Skype, Dan. Thank you so much, 6 13 here on W. GOP Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is celebrating a court ruling today. We just got.
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"More on Kate Ryan but still not being able to sit down and eat or go to the gym just yet in Maryland Virginia starting their own stays in re opening on Friday but without northern Virginia DC not even going down that road again deciding it's best to stay put with their stay home order the release the beginning of next month a government whistleblower claims the trump administration retaliated by transferring him after his objection to possible covert nineteen treatments will speak via Skype with political reporter Dan diamond about tomorrow's house hearing on the matter it's nine thirty one either get a hair cut Maryland's governor says starting at five PM on Friday you can arrange for both but you cannot sit down to eat in a restaurant yes and you can't go to the gym governor Larry Hogan cited a flattening of hospitalizations and the number of covert nineteen cases in intensive care units in Maryland as among the factors in starting to re open the state but he added low risk does not mean no risk all Marylanders particularly those older and more vulnerable populations are advised to continue staying home as much as possible and those businesses that can should encourage telework Hogan also said retail stores could reopen and so could barber shops and salons but they have to keep their capacities at fifty percent or lower noting that the states covered nineteen cases are highest in four areas including Montgomery and prince George's counties Hogan said they would have the flexibility to keep restrictions in place and I can assure you that we remain ready to quickly and decisively respond to any changes in the facts on the ground Kate Ryan WTOP news Montgomery county executive Marc Elrich tweeting the sign shows the county is not ready to take the first steps Howard County executive Calvin ball releasing a statement tonight saying that the county does not have the building blocks in place prince George's county they're going to hold a news conference tomorrow in response a Charles county holding a meeting tomorrow afternoon to talk about the timing of re opening and Anna Rundle county executive Stuart Pittman tweeting a review the proposals over the next few days and one ounce which one's the county will implements nine thirty three meantime across the river in Virginia governor Northam says Virginia's DC suburbs will stay closed through may twenty eighth because the virus is hitting harder there are health metrics show that the majority of Virginia's positive cases are in the northern Virginia region and while that region's percentage of positive test is trending downward it still has a higher percent of positive cases and people hospitalized with a positive are pending tests but Fairfax County Board chair Jeff McKay thinking consistency is important when it comes to these rules it's important that there not be huge variations and the rollout of phases as we move forward so that we don't I necessarily can use our business owners can use our residents and use our houses of worship as we move forward Virginia is set to begin phase one of its re opening process on Friday and in DC the city stay home order was extended through June eighth mayor Bowser announcing as well a new pilot program to support educational retail shops and through this pilot we will grant waivers to old locally owned stores in the city that sell educational items such as books for curbside in front door picked up the stores will need to agree to share data and information with us about their operations meanwhile president trump is accusing Dr Anthony Fauci of wanting to play all sides of the debate over whether to reopen schools and businesses a special report is next at nine thirty four CBS news update president trump today took issue with testimony from his top corona virus expert to the Senate yesterday thing Dr Anthony Fauci was off base with his endless warnings about re opening businesses and schools too soon wants to play all sides of the equation I think we're going to have a tremendous fourth quarter I think we're gonna have a transitional third quarter and I think we'll have a phenomenal next year correspondent Paula Reid president trump's push to reopen the country has repeatedly been questioned by his own health experts and.
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"Contain the spread of the virus. But it's good news in the that eight hundred person difference between the number of confirmed cases and the number of probable actual cases that gap. There means they're probably having moderate symptoms and they're probably not showing up at hospitals seeking treatment so that tells you that the virus is not as bad in mortality wise as e. Bola it's not as deadly as the Ebola virus but it's a lot more transmissible there are parallels between sort of what needs to be done and what some of the experts are urging the administration really strongly to do which is to share expertise. Make everybody aware of the dangers and the threats and therefore how to prepare and how to stay safe But the parallels between how the two administrations are actually acting in response to this outbreak. That's wildly different. Can you talk about the response? This administration is having to corona virus. There's a hospital in Seattle. It's north of thirty cases of the corona virus. Right now and is the epicenter of at least a quarter of the deaths that we've experienced in the United States this is. This is the thing about this outbreak that I'm really worried about the most. We have a healthcare system that doesn't have the capacity to treat more than about nine hundred thousand people at a time in beds and this is why you're hearing more and more epidemiologist talk about flattening the curve when when an epidemic breaks out it can follow one of two paths. It can it can in fact a lot of people really quickly and then in in that case it spikes and then sort of gently recedes or it can infect a lot of people but over a very long period of time. And that's if we practice the social distancing in the washing our hands and cancelled and events and things like that if if a lot of people get sick really soon in a short period of time then the healthcare system can get overwhelmed and a lot of people. Don't get treated. That's what we're seeing Italy right now where doctors are having to triage patients and basically decide who gets the ventilator and who doesn't now that's really scary concept if you're the one who doesn't The but the fact is a lot of people. Were going to get this virus and and it needs to be over the longest possible period of time. Well it seems like another issue here read is. How are we supposed to know? Who is infected? And who's not and the only way to understand that would be with testing and What can you tell us about why we do not have an ability to test people like they do in a place like South Korea their capacity to test on a daily basis is greater than the number of people that that the United States has tested? Overall this is going to be the subject of the congressional hearings and the the the autopsies and the look backs the postmortems that we That we all do after this virus Subsides this is an a-. An unimaginable failure of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is on them. The World Health Organization had a test that they distributed to and made available to countries like China. Which has tested hundreds of thousands of people and Korea and Italy and everywhere else? This test was available and the United States for some reason decided to come up with their own test and their own test was flawed in some measure but it is a catastrophic failure and one that is going to reverberate for years one that's going to undermine trust in American health institutions. It is mind boggling that this has happened the CDC didn't have its act together when the rest of the world when Third World countries had their act more together than the American CDC. It it truly it makes red and then there's of course the political angle to this and everything else and in an interview this week on fresh air there was healthcare report. Dan Diamond from politico. He implied that president trump didn't push for aggressive testing earlier. Because if you identify more cases than the numbers would be bad. And that's not good for his political standing. What do you make of that? And have you heard or reported on anything similar? So the evidence points to the fact that this administration is trying to keep information about this outbreak. Secret Reuters reported on Thursday that the administration ordered health and human services officials to treat briefings about the virus as if they were top secret Now he's now I mean. Dan's got a really good point there About the the fact that the president himself said that he wanted to keep Patients on a cruise ship instead of in the US so that they quote numbers could stay down This is this is amazingly shortsighted of this president. Although it's a pattern that he repeated over and over he goes for the short sort of shortsighted sugar high rather than the sustained long-term Benefit here I mean a contrast this with President Obama who stood in front of cameras and said look to your bowl of iris out there. We're really we're we're doing all we can about it. And that was the thing that struck me about. Trump's speech by the way is he started out with what they had done and then what the virus was as opposed to what the threat was. And then what the government had was was going to do about it. But this president pursues this short term Shortsighted goal of keeping. The market's up and and winning praise from his his subordinates. Frankly Instead of spreading expertise spreading information leveling with the American people and telling them how to protect themselves. Read Wilson. Thanks so much for coming in and talking with me today you gotta read. Wilson is national correspondent at the hill and author of epidemic Ebola and the global scramble to prevent the next killer outbreak. One more thing for me today. The political reality of the last three and a half years has been one of both chaos and consistency almost every week event or issue or moment looks like it may abandon our current political status or rattle the economy but until now nothing not a government shutdown nor impeachment nor at tempestuous. Tweet had been enough to spook the markets or alter opinions of this president. Meanwhile our media cycle and attention spans have gotten shorter and shorter which only served to lessen their long term repercussions corona virus. However may be are I truly? Disruptive Event in this so-called disruptive era the markets are obviously spooked. The question is how long it will take for consumers to be worried as well and February. A Gallup poll found economic confidence at its highest point in twenty years but a couple of weeks of canceled sporting events school functions and even trips to the local mall will be enough to dammit. And it's likely that the economic impact last longer than even our social distancing lost income in retirement savings can't be made up immediately. The biggest unknown of course is just how long this current crisis will last. Will we be still talking about the Corona Virus? The summer or will. This have been painful but short-lived blip the last four years have taught us to think that there's no such thing as long term consequences but if we have learned anything else over these years. It's that old assumptions we've made even if they're only three years old may not hold in this fast-changing moment. This is even truer when it comes to the personal health safety and economic well-being of millions of people. That's all for us today. The show was produced by Amber Hall. Russia Jacob Jake how it is director and sound designer. Vince Fairchild is our engineer who is our digital editor. David Gable is our administrative assistant and our executive producer is Lee Hill. Thanks so much for listening. This is politics with Amy Walter on the takeaway..
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"This is fresh AIR and if you're just joining us my guest is Dan diamond reporter for politico who investigates health care policy and politics including the trump administration's response to the coronavirus so what is your assessment since you cover the health agencies what's your assessment of how much that has gone wrong as a result of like bad political decisions incompetence just bad luck I don't use this word lightly Terry but I'd say that this testing failure in the broader response to corona virus has been a catastrophe D. reasons it is a catastrophe some are on the trump administration itself some are simply bureaucratic breakdowns if I'm a portioning blame in the middle of a crisis it's hard to tell at all times who made what decision when but certainly the trump administration failed to plan for this moment there were leadership failures like failing to think through the implications of not having a testing strategy in place there were leadership failures and allowing feuds to fester for months and months that in the middle of a crisis those cracks have widened and caused delays in making simple decisions at the same time there are also low level bureaucratic failures that are are enough to make a person cry there was a New York times story this week about the team in Seattle of flu researchers who wanted to use their research to help uncover where corona virus might be spreading the because of complicated regulations they were not technically supposed to use their data that have been collected for the flu to also search for corona virus and they tried for weeks to get permission from local leaders from from national leaders especially just couldn't get it they were being passed from bureaucrat to bureaucrat finally they went ahead and help them cover the Seattle corona virus outbreak but then we're told to knock it off and I look at these decisions and in the moment can can somewhat understand why a mid level official might say we have to follow policy and procedure but in the middle of a crisis turning to to bureaucratic rule books is not the way to address this and that has left the U. S. just a step behind it every step of the way trump has made it clear he wants low numbers he didn't we didn't want people who tested positive from a cruise ship to be evacuated and then quarantine because the numbers were it would go up and he didn't want those numbers to go up it would look bad it would make him look bad so what what do you think the most consequential decisions he's made so far are in terms of the virus decisions for better or worse when president trump went on air into the press conference talking about his concern over the the quote numbers and didn't wanna cruise ship with infected Americans to necessarily doc and and have the passengers evacuated because he was worried about the numbers it was a remarkable statement for a president to say the president has been obsessed with the numbers obsessed with the optics of how this works which is not what you want the US president to be focused on the president's decisions on corona virus carried I think an outgrowth of how he has approached government the past three years there were so many ticking time bombs that never actually exploded hi seas that were averted because either the economy was sailing along the president's tweets were were papered over but now we are in a crisis moment where these decisions matter and when I look back on what the president did or did not do one major piece of behavior is his attack on what some might call the steady state B. career civil servants across the government who worked for multiple presidents and bring expertise the president has driven a lot of those people away that has a weekend the response across government it has made it harder to coordinate some of these efforts and in this current moment there were two teams that were either Koch were turned away or minimized that could have been useful to fighting a pandemic our other cuts the trump administration made to the public health infrastructure that have left us more undefended for example of what wasn't there a National Security Council health task force that was disbanded under trump that's right the president famously acts the team in the White House about two years ago that was focused specifically on pandemic preparedness he cut funding for a program that protected when viruses could jump from animals to humans basically around the same time that this new coronavirus appears to jump from animals to humans in China and there are big parts of the bureaucracy that he is either tried to cut or otherwise eliminated and and driven people away I do think Terry it's possible that some of these moves have been really emphasized several officials pointed out to me that the White House pandemic preparedness team was made up of just three or four people and if that's the dividing line between a pandemic or not the United States perhaps more vulnerable than we realize and and we still have career scientists like Tony Fauci who's clearly a star working to fight this outbreak but but it does come back to the president bigger picture he's chased off experts when we need them most and he's claimed that he can get scientists back when he needs them which is just not true something I found very interesting and I'd love to hear your take on this is that Tucker Carlson who of course has a show weeknights on on fox news he has been one of trump's strongest advocates and trump seems to listen you know to watch Tucker Carlson show so I don't know if he said this on the air but I was on the fox news website and he had something in print on the website that was headlined the corona virus will get worse our leaders need to stop lying about that and that was Tuesday of this week and by our leaders I will assume he means people in the trump administration and perhaps the president himself what do you make of that well I haven't seen Tucker Carlson's piece but I will say that the president has made a number of false claims spread misinformation and frankly has hindered the overall government response whether that was the president claiming that the number of cases would go from fifteen what was the number that he fixated on based on the number of Americans who were initially detected in the early weeks to come back from China or perhaps had a close relationship with someone who returned from China where the infection had originally spread the president maintaining that that number of of infected Americans would quickly go to near zero which every official I talked to said was not the case officials have been preparing for two months for this to sweep across the United States and the president misled the American people by suggesting that this was under control when by all accounts it was never going to be the president also has he can multiple opportunities at press conferences to riff on things that frankly have no relevance to the corona virus might be press conference he gave about a week ago at the centers for disease control was so rambling and and wide ranging that senator Elizabeth Warren and senator ed Markey are asking Mike pence to explain what the president was even talking about when the president at one point appeared to compare CDC's response to the crime virus outbreak to how the media and Democrats treated his impeachment a comparison that that doesn't make a lot of sense both in reflection and also in the moment he has also created an environment where his aides have been afraid to tell him bad news and that has skewed wide the trump administration ends up pursuing if the president is only willing to look at the most optimistic scenario makes it very hard to do worst case planning my guest is Dan diamond reporter for politico who has been investigating the trump administration's response to the corona virus after a break we'll talk about the members of the administration who are in charge of managing the crisis and what their backgrounds are and what their track records have.
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"This is fresh AIR and if you're just joining us my guest is Dan diamond reporter for politico who investigates health care policy and politics including the trump administration's response to the coronavirus so what is your assessment since you cover the health agencies what's your assessment of how much that has gone wrong as a result of like bad political decisions incompetence just bad luck I don't use this word lightly Terry but I'd say that this testing failure and the broader response to corona virus has been a catastrophe D. reasons it is a catastrophe some are on the trump administration itself some are simply bureaucratic breakdowns and if I'm a portioning blame in the middle of a crisis it's hard to tell at all times who made what decision when but certainly the trump administration failed to plan for this moment there were leadership failures like failing to think through the implications of not having a testing strategy in place there were leadership failures and allowing feuds to fester for months and months that in the middle of a crisis those cracks have widened and caused delays in making simple decisions at the same time there are also low level bureaucratic failures that are are enough to make a person cry there is a New York times story this week about the team in Seattle of flu researchers who wanted to use their research to help uncover where corona virus might be spreading the because of complicated regulations they were not technically supposed to use their data that have been collected for the flu to also search for corona virus and they tried for weeks to get permission from local leaders from from national leaders especially just couldn't get it they were being passed from bureaucrat to bureaucrat finally they went ahead and helped uncover the Seattle corona virus outbreak but then we're told to knock it off and I look at these decisions in the moment can can somewhat understand why a mid level official might say we have to follow policy and procedure but in the middle of a crisis turning to to bureaucratic rulebooks is not the way to address this and that has left the U. S. just a step behind it every step of the way trump has made it clear he wants low numbers he didn't we didn't want people who tested positive from a cruise ship to be evacuated and then quarantine because the numbers were it would go up and he didn't want those numbers to go up it would look bad it would make him look bad so what what do you think the most consequential decisions he's made so far are in terms of the virus decisions for better or worse when president trump went on air into the press conference talking about his concern over the the quote numbers and didn't want to cruise ship with infected Americans to necessarily doc and and have the passengers evacuated because he was worried about the numbers it was a remarkable statement for a president to say the president has been obsessed with the numbers obsessed with the optics of how this works which is not what you want the US president to be focused on the president's decisions on coronavirus Terry R. R. I think an outgrowth of how he has approached government the past three years there were so many ticking time bombs that never actually exploded prices that were averted because either the economy was sailing along the president's tweets were were papered over but now we are in a crisis moment where these decisions matter and when I look back on what the president did or did not do one major piece of behavior is his attack on what some might call the steady state B. career civil servants across the government who worked for multiple presidents and bring expertise the president has driven a lot of those people away that has a weekend the response across government it has made it harder to coordinate some of these efforts and in this current moment there were two teams that were either caught or turned away or minimized that could have been useful to fighting a pandemic our other cuts the trump administration made to the public health infrastructure that have left us more undefended for example of what wasn't there a National Security Council health task force that was disbanded under trump that's right the president famously acts the team in the White House about two years ago that was focused specifically on pandemic preparedness he cut funding for a program that protected when viruses could jump from animals to humans basically around the same time that this new coronavirus appears to have jumped from animals to humans in China and there are big parts of the bureaucracy that he is either tried to cut or otherwise eliminated and and driven people away I I do think Terry it's possible that some of these moves have been really emphasized several officials pointed out to me that the White House pandemic preparedness team was made up of just three or four people and if that's the dividing line between a pandemic or not the United States perhaps more vulnerable than we realize and and we still have career scientists like Tony Fauci who's clearly a star working to fight this outbreak but but it does come back to the president bigger picture he's chased off experts when we need them most and he's claimed that he can get scientists back when he needs them which is just not true something I found very interesting and I'd love to hear your take on this is that Tucker Carlson who of course has a show weeknights on on fox news he has been one of trump's strongest advocates and trump seems to listen you know to watch Tucker Carlson show so I don't know if he said this on the air but I was on the fox news website and he had something in print on the website that was headlined the corona virus will get worse our leaders need to stop lying about that and that was Tuesday of this week and by our leaders I will assume he means people in the trump administration and perhaps the president himself what do you make of that well I haven't seen Tucker Carlson's piece but I will say that the president has made a number of false claims spread misinformation and frankly has hindered the overall government response whether that was the president claiming that the number of cases would go from fifteen what what was the number that he fixated on based on the number of Americans who were initially detected in the early weeks to come back from China or perhaps had a close relationship to someone who returned from China where the infection had originally spread the president maintaining that that number of of infected Americans would quickly go to near zero which every official I talked to said was not the case officials have been preparing for two months for this to sweep across the United States and the president misled the American people by suggesting that this was under control when by all accounts it was never going to be the president also has he can multiple opportunities at press conferences to riff on things that frankly have no relevance to the corona virus might be press conference he gave about a week ago at the centers for disease control was so rambling and and wide ranging that senator Elizabeth Warren and senator ed Markey are asking Mike pence to explain what the president was even talking about when the president at one point appeared to compare CDC's response to the crime virus outbreak to how the media and Democrats treated his impeachment a comparison that that doesn't make a lot of sense both in reflection and also in the moment he has also created an environment where his aides have been afraid to tell him bad news and that has skewed wide the trump administration ends up pursuing if the president is only willing to look at the most optimistic scenario makes it very hard to do worst case planning my guest is Dan diamond reporter for politico who has been investigating the trump administration's response to the corona virus after a break we'll talk about the members of the administration who are in charge of managing the crisis and what their backgrounds are and what their track records have.
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"Fresh air is coming up next on ninety three point nine FM political reporter Dan diamond talks about the trump administration's handling of the corona virus crisis and I am a twenty it's one this is W. NYC F. N. H. D. N. A. M. New York from WHYY in Philadelphia I'm Terry gross with fresh air today how the trump administration's mismanagement has fueled the corona virus crisis we'll talk with political reporter Dan diamond who's been investigating the administration's handling of the epidemic we'll talk about president trump's oval office address last night and about diamonds reporting on how dysfunction in fighting and the need to flatter and please trump have slowed the response or lead to bad decisions for example diamond says Alex ETS are the head of health and Human Services didn't push to do aggressive additional testing in recent weeks and that's partly because more testing that might have led to more cases being discovered of corona virus outbreak in the president has made clear the lower the numbers on corona virus the better for the president that's coming up on fresh first news live from NPR news in Washington I'm Lakshmi saying we're seeing another day of volatility on Wall Street with the Dow down more than seven percent S. and P. five hundred and the nasdaq both down around six and a half percent all of this over fears of the corona virus pandemic here's NPR's Scott Horsley investors remain deeply concerned about financial fallout from the corona virus pandemic and president trump speech Wednesday night only added to the market's jitters the S. and P. five hundred index dropped seven percent just minutes after the market opened that triggered an automatic circuit breaker which halted trading for fifteen minutes all the major indexes are now deep in bear market territory having fallen more than twenty percent from their recent highs new in house limits on travelers from Europe put further pressure on airlines hotels and attractions major cruise lines are holding operations and domestic spending is also likely to take a hit the sports and entertainment industry scale back Americans are encouraged to avoid big crowds Scott Horsley NPR news Washington well the president's defending his travel ban for most parts of Europe in the wake of the pandemic he says he did not warn European leaders in advance because calling each of them would have taken too long meanwhile former vice president Joe Biden who is running for the chance to unseat trump is criticizing the administration over what many doctors and patients have said is the slow rollout of tests to figure out the full extent of the outbreak here down planing it overly dismissive or spreading misinformation is only going to hurt us and further advantage the spread of the disease fine says a ministrations responsible for hollowing out the nation's agencies and disparaging science to the detriment of the United states on its website the Biden campaign is posting its own coronavirus response plan that it says trump is welcome to adopt today as public health officials discourage large gatherings the White House is stopping towards in peer stammer keep says this is the latest example of tourism and other regular activities being restricted calls to the White House to our hotline are greeted with a voice saying out of an abundance of caution a White House tours have been temporarily suspended effective immediately we truly appreciate your understanding this comes as U. S. capitol tours have also been suspended for the rest of the month and Pentagon tourists cancelled until further notice all over the country events are being called off to reduce the spread of coronavirus including the St Patrick's day parade in New York the NBA announced its season is suspended after a player tested positive for coronavirus Tamar Keith NPR news communications official who is part of the Brazilian delegation that met with president trump last weekend in Florida has tested positive for the corona virus in Canada prime minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie are in self isolation after she displayed flu like symptoms and she's waiting to find out if it's covered nineteen and in the state of Georgia officials are now reporting the first death from covert nineteen in that state this is NPR sports leagues across this country are canceling games in considering long term suspensions we have an update from N. P. R.'s Becky Sullivan the National Hockey League has paused its season effective tonight Major League Soccer has suspended games for the next thirty days many professional tennis events have been canceled through the middle of next month this all follows the lead of the NBA which was the first American sports league to announce a full scale suspension of all games to players for the Utah Jazz have tested positive for the corona virus into double a has not yet cancelled this month's division one college basketball tournament but is facing mounting pressure to do so thank you so N. N. P. R. news world athletics is imposing new sanctions on Russia's athletics federation for violating anti doping rules it has decided to limit Russia's track and field team to ten athletes who will only be allowed to compete as neutral athletes in this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo the federation is also being fined ten million dollars half must be paid by July first the remainder will be suspended for two years unless world athletics believes Russia still enabling athletes to take performance enhancing drugs in the US long term mortgage rates are mixed this week the average on the thirty year fixed rate mortgage has risen to three point three six percent from its record low of three two nine last week the raid on the fifteen year loan has fallen to two point seven seven percent the decline largely attributed to investors shifting money into the safety of U. S. treasuries in the wake of the economic worries linked to the pandemic the Dow is down.
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"Off of suffering every year don't want a better system for folks they're taking money from what a shocker that suse and could come Kokomo kid tweets this doesn't Medicare have much lower administrative costs than private insurance if so it would seem that money now paid by employers and individuals for private insurance could be better spent on Medicare for all Dan diamond Kokomo kid gets to a point that you made briefly earlier which is administrative costs and where the money goes whether it's to taxes order premiums in ministry of cost or actual care when you go to the doctor or nurse Kokomo kid is making a point that the famous economist Robert Reinhart would often make which is a dollar in wasted spending to one person is a dollar in income to someone else there are sixteen million people who work in health care many in these administrative bureaucratic jobs those added costs but they also provide income to a lot of people and there is massive resistance from the industry to the listener point that if Medicare for all arrives and those jobs go away what happens then is there a transition plan Bernie Sanders has said there will be some support to help these people find new jobs but it's not clear how that would work or really how much money they might lose Rajin is in great reporting on this good that's so kind of you stay I just want to make one point about administrative costs in our healthcare system it is true that there is a lot of bloated expenditures that are a result a very complicated in ministry of work that currently exists in our healthcare system that being said the way that Medicare for all would be paid for there is I want to say it's pretty widespread agreement that there is not enough fat to cut from the administrative expenses currently to pay for this massive coverage expansion that would take place if Medicare for all were ever to become law so I think one of the biggest uncertainties about Medicare for all is so if you can only squeeze so much out of it ministration where's the rest of the money going to come from if the taxes that you maybe go up aren't enough so what doctors and hospitals be paid less what other parts of the health care industry be paid less and that that could have some very real ramifications for the way that people access medical care in this country and I think that that's important to acknowledge as part of any discussion about you know such a radical change to what our current system is and the way we pay for medical services and what we pay for is a whole separate our that we could do maybe we should do on one a how much we spend on top tier services fancy equipment big dollar M. our eyes the fanciest most expensive drugs when cheaper ones might be available there's money all over the system that appears to be going to a place other than what the data would recommend and that's an extremely important complicated issue that policy makers really have not wrestled with in any significant way and a lot of areas I want to get to the bottom line no I'm of the problem in America we used to talk all the time about how many Americans don't have health insurance what's the number now I think it's down to what about twenty twenty five no it's a twenty seven America twenty seven less than ten percent now and the ACA has driven that number down it used to manage fifty million people Medicaid expansion is driven that number down right that's right what does it mean to live without health insurance in this country well you know when you talk to patients who don't have health coverage in this country they are rationing care they're making decisions to go without medical care to not get prescription drugs that they need if they are unfortunate enough to end up in the emergency room or hospital they're usually hit with thousands sometimes tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills it's it's not good and who is most likely to be on insured now because we had the individual had the individual mandate were people who were student get their insurance elsewhere got coverage through the exchanges we remember this old story but also in many states Medicaid expanded which meant a lot of people who are low income or in poverty or near poverty also got coverage that you have before so who's most likely to be without coverage now so I mean the affordable Care Act which is about to celebrate its tenth anniversary drove this enormous decline in the number of Americans without health insurance lark but it is been on even as you noted some states have not expanded Medicaid through the affordable Care Act the states are largely red states they're concentrated increasingly in the south and there are a lot of the low income Americans who live in the states remain without health insurance if you look at what's happened in states that have fully embraced the affordable Care Act California is one of them which used to have among the highest uninsured rates in the country the rate has dropped by more than half in California so you know they were close to twenty percent unemployment uninsured and in California before the affordable Care Act it's now below ten percent so you have a subsection of Americans many of whom are working but many of whom are low income who don't who don't have access to a health plan through their jobs but similarly cannot get Medicaid because the state in which they live has not expanded eligibility Dan where does the drive for Medicare for all come from another words people who support Bernie Sanders and there's a lot of them because he's the front runner so far support Lizabeth Warren is the drive coming from their own economic situation premiums are going up their kitchen table issues they can't get ahead or is it a an issue of societal concern Bernie Sanders has health care is a human right we should vote for this because far and outside of what I pay for my healthcare everybody should have it because it's just the right thing to do well I think the voters get a different story but all of us have had bad experiences with the healthcare system at some point weather was waiting to see a doctor a surprise medical bill that came no get a great series on high deductibles that patients who have health insurance theoretically good health insurance but are still ending up with these bills that might have surprised them and I think that is a key issue even beyond the uninsured Americans which have gone down though the uninsured rate has crept back up under the trump administration there are another fifty million Americans who are underinsured and many of those people with their mediocre health plans say we need something better now but somebody mentioned president trump we better mention president trump he's Bernie Sanders or whoever wins the democratic nomination will not be the only candidate on offer in November are rushing to help me understand what president trump has proposed if anything on healthcare so as of late I would say as when we look at the Medicare for all discussion public option discussion you know president trump is really focused on saying we do not want the government to expand its footprint anymore in our health care system he says the democratic pants or socialist he uses at those kinds of terms to describe them and really he's saying that there are ways to bolster the existing system that we have we don't need any more government involvement that we already do one of the biggest things that I think we could get to an end Medicare for all and the public option sort of tangentially gets to this is that the rising costs of prescription drugs so president trump has said it's a top priority for him and his administration has had I think it be generous to say they've had mixed success in trying to contain costs but that is a very large priority for them going into the election and we also do have democratic candidates worst proposing different ideas for how to contain rising drug costs I'm speaking of the issue of socialism or expanding government health care let's listen to president trump in his own words I've also made an iron clad pledge to American families we will always protect patients with pre existing conditions we we will always protect your Medicare and we will always protect your social security there's a lot going on there Dan I want to talk about the first part of that statement we will always protect your pre existing conditions that phrase is extremely popular with Americans and at the same time that president trump makes that statement his administration is in court trying to do the opposite of what he just said can you help us explain exactly what's going on with pre existing conditions I I can try and and to cope with this though what is exactly going on in the president's thinking is is a matter of of history that's okay we can we can stick to the truth god the statement that the president at the trump administration is protecting pre existing conditions does not jibe with the actions of the administration as you pointed out Todd the administration is trying to strike down the affordable Care Act in court that would include its historic protection for patients who already have a chronic condition and are looking to shop for health care that is many Americans arguably most Americans depending on how how they are viewed by health insurer the actions by the administration also don't show that they have a plan ready to replace the affordable Care Act I know this because I've done reporting on this at politico with Russian up when she was my colleague we looked at the trump administration asked them again and again where is this plan who is working on it and every attempt that they have made to come up with a patch to replace coverage for pre existing conditions conditions do you don't have that but the trump administration is aware Republicans no this is an Achilles heel and in twenty eighteen Democrats won many seats retook the house in the mid term elections because they campaigned on this message the Donald Trump and Republicans were making it harder for people who had some sickness to get health care indeed Republicans launched a major campaign in the Senate to repeal the affordable Care Act repeal the Medicaid expansion it was a huge story and the fortunes the polling of the affordable Care Act have risen and they have fallen but one thing that's always been wild a popular is protecting pre existing conditions people love it you're listening to one I I'm tots will ask Russia go ahead pre existing conditions and whether they are being defended or not right was it just one thing I want to add really quickly on that it's it's important to remember when we say Irving current protections for pre existing conditions that the affordable Care Act made possible it's not just having insurance protections for a chronic condition that you might have the ACA also includes protections on pricing so that coverage cannot be wildly unaffordable to you because it covers pre existing conditions so I think regardless of which side of the aisle I can't it's on whether it's the twenty twenty Democrats or whether it's the president if you say that you are going to protect pre existing conditions the ACA includes those two categories so it's important for people to understand that the pricing part I think gets forgotten somewhat but it's also it's just as important if not more and now on on prescription drug costs which is where you started president trump has said many times he wants to lower those prescription drug costs people love to hear that of those costs have gone up and up and up and up how how exactly has the trump administration either proposed he said they have a mixed record of success do they have any success there have been proposals in the past to give Medicare the ability to negotiate directly with drug companies so that they use that massive market clout to drive prices down I don't know if president trump is in favor of that or if he's tried to be in favor of it only to run into into lobbyists so the president in the past did say that he favored letting Medicare have the ability to negotiate the price of prescription drugs he has since said he opposes that that policy is arguably the the hallmark of a build that house Democrats spearheaded to lower the cost of prescription drugs it is also very crucial policy in basically every twenty twenty Democrats drug pricing plans so he is so the president says he opposes that he is calling on Congress to pass a bipartisan bill send it to him and he'll sign it but.
Why drug costs are top issue for South Carolina voters
"The twenty twenty race is barreling ahead South Carolina's primaries on Saturday Super Tuesday less than a week away. There are eight. Twenty twenty presidential democratic hopefuls remaining and each of them is angling for a way to stand out fast but the front runner has come to dominate this race and his signature policy has come to dominate the national discussion on Healthcare. Medicare for all Medicare for Medicare for all Medicare for all healthcare system that guarantees healthcare to all people in a cost effective way. Which is what Medicare for all is. That's Bernie Sanders. Of course the Democratic senator from Vermont Democratic Front runner and probably know policy proposal has marked this election more than Bernie Sanders Medicare for all after a strong victory in Nevada Bernie Sanders emphasis on this trademark. Issue appears to have paid off. Democratic candidates agree on expanding health care coverage they're divided on how to ensure everyone weather to ensure everyone and of course how to pay for it. All so how are their plans similar? How are they different? And how do they all compare to any plans that might be put forward by their eventual opponent? President Donald Trump. We've been talking to the candidates one by one part of our own ongoing series foresight twenty twenty. And now we're branching out foresight twenty twenty the issues. It's a series all about where the candidates stand on. What really matters most to you the voter and today it's healthcare more specifically Medicare for all. Here helps out ratchet up predominant correspondent for Kaiser Health News. She covers healthcare all across America. Thanks for being here. Thank you know Levy is here. He's a national health care reporter for the L. A. Times. No one great to see you. Nice to be here and Dan. Diamond is here health reporter for politico and host of politicos pulse. Check podcast. Dan. Great to see you as well. Thanks for having me a Russian up before. We break down each of the candidates policies with a lot to talk about. We'll get to a lot of the details on medicare for all in what the different candidates say they favor here. Can you talk about? How significant health care is for voters as we head in this into this election. What are voters say about? The importance of healthcare to them so healthcare is definitely the top if not one of the top issues for voters regardless of party affiliation so lowering prescription drug costs very very popular among the public That has been true for years. They've been telling Congress they telling presidential candidates. We need to do something about the rising cost of drugs Please basically begging a few other things. Also there's a lot of widespread support. I think that people want to see the candidates Flush out plans on say they'll resolve So rising surprise medical bills dealing with the OPIOID crisis protecting protections for pre existing medical conditions. These are all things that voters really WANNA see. The candidates Expand upon us. They run from the. I used to be a healthcare reporter a younger man. There was a time when I could have been on your side of the table for this discussion. Healthcare was always one of the top issues. Voter said I care about healthcare. They said that in surveys but there was never any evidence that they actually voted on it that when they went into the into the ballot box in and and pulled the curtain even though they told a pollster they care about it whether that's what was driving their vote. It happened in election after election. And I think there are certain extent that's still Still the case because healthcare does mean different things to different people as an issue. Rosina's correct that that Democrats and Republicans have identified it as a top concern but to what extent or voters making their decision to vote for candidate X or candidate. Why based on healthcare. Probably not that much instead. I think probably the way to look at the healthcare issue in the Democrat. Republican divide is is it a proxy for The way that they evaluate president trump the Democratic nominee? The one exception I would say is Medicare for all which I think is playing a greater role in Democratic primary voters making a decision if you like Medicare for all sanders is probably your guy now. Medicare for all. Let's talk about it. It has important interactions with the way that most of us get our insurance right which is through work. I I WANNA say one hundred sixty one hundred and seventy million Americans get their insurance through work. It is the most common way and we got this call in our voice mail inbox. I'M KIARA FROM DENVER. I would gladly take Medicare for all over my employer sponsored insurance. They currently pay ten thousand dollars annually. When you add up premiums deductibles out of pocket expenses and that does not include vision or dental expenses whereas Medicare for all would be rolled into our taxes it would actually offset the cost already paying and then it would also expand cover dental and vision. I also feel like it's a great way to take care of your entire community and your nation as a whole which will make us all healthier and happier and I feel like it's a great way to create more freedom in the workplace where people are less afraid of beating their job. Just keep their benefits and people would have more choice in the providers. They see because they wouldn't have to choose a provider just solely based on who accepts their insurance. So Dan what is Medicare for all people have heard about Medicare? They probably know what that is. It's the government program for folks over sixty five and disabled people. Medicare's extremely popular. What does it mean when we say Medicare for all I think it depends which candidate is saying Medicare for all what does it mean to Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders would articulate a vision of Medicare for all? That's very similar to the vision. The caller just shared a program. That is universal single. Payer every American would be on this plan. As opposed to employer plan it would cover things beyond traditional Medicare. So it's not strictly speaking the Medicare that my grandparents my parents might might know in love. It would also have new power to negotiate with the private sector to lower drug prices by putting government emphasis behind that and cut out the administrative overhead and bureaucracy that helps contribute to cost going up in America at the same time. That plan is dramatic and expensive and all the things that Republicans are poised to seize on and many Americans also say they're worried about too. So there's there's give and take with Medicare for all. It would be the big elephant in the room right. It would have the ability to go to medical providers hospitals drug companies and say we are the only game in town. You'RE GONNA drive those prices down but also we've heard cost estimates in the trillions because it is a massive government entitlement Bernie Sanders himself has referenced thirty trillion dollars over a decade in paying for Medicare for all his campaign sanders himself have come out with different proposals to defray that cost. But if you actually look at what the Sanders campaign has offered. It hasn't added up to more than about half of that thirty trillion dollars. Some would say that that doesn't matter the. Us pays for all kinds of things that aren't as positive as medicare for all. His supporters are point to the Iraq war and. Us didn't necessarily look for the pay. Fors before heading off on on that misadventure. But I do think that these are the issues that Congress will have to grapple with now Rochester other candidates talk about a public option or some of them talking about not Medicare for all but may be more people can buy into Medicare be part of Medicare. Even if you're not sixty five or public option means something else right. So the public option is the approach. That is Sort of being pursued by the more moderate wing if you will of the current Democratic presidential Field so Joe Biden p Buddha Judge Mike Bloomberg. They're all amy. Klobuchar are among the candidates. That are saying we would set up a government run insurance option that people could buy into essentially but a lot of the existing programs that currently provide health insurance to people. So job is coverage as you said. the Medicaid program Medicare those would continue to exist The public option the proponents of it. Want to push that as a way to say look. We don't WanNa rip up the whole system. We don't need to start from scratch. Here's a way to build on what we have and not cause as much disruption as Medicare for all would inevitably Pursue Dan avoiding disruption is great but it also means you don't insure as many people that's the trade off that supporters of Bernie Sanders and to some extent Elizabeth. Warren say it's not worth. Do there needs to be bold action? I JUST WANNA call out. Todd how fast we have moved on this debate Russia and I used to work together at politico we worked on a story for years ago about Hillary Clinton supporting public option and at the time her campaign was not keen to call attention to that we have moved to a world where that is now the moderate choice and go a couple of years before that the debate over Obamacare the affordable care act in Congress. The public option at that time was the high watermark for Barack Obama. Trying to get it through the Senate and he couldn't even get that that's why you have no public option under the right
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"Tuesday night was another Democratic presidential financial debate round two part one tonight with ten candidates on the stage in Detroit broadcast on C._N._N.. And we are going to take a key moment of the debate replay it for you and then we're going to break it down with politico healthcare reporter Dan diamond author of the political pulse newsletter and the host of the pulse check podcast. Dan Thank you so much for stepping to the sidelines of politicos crowded debate night newsroom to to talk through this. I am thrilled to be here with you. Scott all right. Let's let's get right to it. Here's the moment we picked kicked out the moderators and the candidates jumped right into <hes> the biggest policy issue facing Democrats had twenty twenty the one their voters say the most important to them health care and the early exchanges between Bernie Sanders and John Delaney with the Little Bit of Elizabeth Warren will will bring her in a little later really set the tone for the whole debate so right after the opening statements C._N._N.'s Annan's Jake Tapper turn to Senator Bernie Sanders Senator Sanders. Let's start with you you support Medicare for all and ask him to explain his support for Medicare for all in terms of criticism from Congressman John Delaney rival for the Democratic nomination who said it would take private health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and he has called the idea political suicide that will just get president trump reelected. What do you say to Congressman Delaney? You're wrong right now. We have a dysfunctional healthcare system eighty seven million uninsured ensured or underinsured five hundred thousand dollars five hundred thousand Americans every year going bankrupt because of medical bills thirty thirty thousand people dying while the healthcare industry makes tens of billions of dollars in profit five minutes away from the John is a country it called Canada it they guarantee healthcare every man woman and child as a human right they Senator Sanders Congressman glading. I'm right about this. We can create a universal healthcare system to give everyone basic healthcare for free and I have a proposal missile to do it but we don't have to go around the party of subtraction and telling half the country has private health insurance that they are health insurance is illegal. My Dad Union electrician loved. I love the healthcare he got from the I._B.. W he would never want someone to take that away all right Dan we're we're going to go back through this thought by thought a little bit but the the big picture here and then I think you're writing about your newsletter tomorrow morning. This exchange right at the top of the debates crystallized everything everything about the the the big policy debate going on in the primary and also that we really saw for the entire debate on Tuesday night. It's clearly a debate that will define the Democratic Primary Mary although I don't know if John Delaney is going to be the one making it at the end Joe Biden Her p Buddha judge might step into that role but this idea of how far to go on healthcare her the candidates want to expand coverage how they're going to do it. How many people would benefit how expensive it would be? The the details remain to be decided first first off. We have Bernie Sanders explaining his vision for Medicare for all is a human right not a privilege. I believe I will for that. The Dan Ta- talk us through this and this has become one of the defining elements of the primary so Bernie Sanders has campaigned for years on this idea of Medicare for all what's interesting is the plan he has is not actually Medicare it would be a souped up version of what Medicare currently is and that single payer plan that every American would be enrolled in the sanders campaign things that could lead to negotiating lower prices
U.N. plans talks with Iran, Russia, Turkey on Syria constitutional panel
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