After relentlessly attacking the idea of a universal, single-payer, health care system such as Medicare For All, that Bernie Sanders has been pushing for so long against even the opposition of the Democratic party establishment, as a Utopian, pie-in-the-sky, fantasy that would bankrupt the country, the corporate media is suddenly realizing that such a system would have resulted in a much better and more coherent response to pandemics that the utterly inept, confusing, and chaotic system than what the current US system is able to provide.
If only there was someone running for President who was advocating for this single payer system 🤔 https://t.co/4fIm3ks8jv
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) March 12, 2020
I was listening to an interview with the Italian ambassador to the US on the radio today and he said that in Italy, which has been hard hit by the pandemic, anyone who wants to get tested can do so free of charge, unlike in the US where the tests are in short supply even so long after the outbreak. Katie Porter, an excellent but under-recognized congresswoman from California, had to rigorously grill and twist the arm of the director of the CDC to use the power that he already has to grudgingly agree to make the tests free to people in the US.
I did the math: a full battery of coronavirus testing costs at minimum $1,331.
I also did the legal research: the Administration has the authority to make testing free for every American TODAY.
I secured a commitment from a high-level Trump official that they’d actually do it. pic.twitter.com/RmolCtmNbG
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) March 12, 2020
Meanwhile, Donald Trump and his family have been in contact several times with people who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus but for some reason he keeps saying that he has not been tested and seems proud of it. This leaves open three possibilities. (a) He thinks that just being tested is somehow a sign of weakness that undercuts the image he likes to project of being a manly man. (b) He has been tested and is positive, a result that he thinks is even worse for his image and so he is hiding the results. (c) He believes that this whole thing is a conspiracy to tank the stick market and make him look bad.
I am not sure which option is the worst.