Ideology Getting in the Way of a Coronavirus Response

Mish

The Trump administration blocks states from using Medicaid to respond to coronavirus crisis.

A tip of the hat to "Sechel", one of my readers for the title of this post.

Please consider the Trump Administration Blocks States From Using Medicaid to Respond to the Coronavirus Crisis.

Despite mounting pleas from California and other states, the Trump administration isn’t allowing states to use Medicaid more freely to respond to the coronavirus crisis by expanding medical services.

In previous emergencies, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the H1N1 flu outbreak, both Republican and Democratic administrations loosened Medicaid rules to empower states to meet surging needs.

But months into the current global disease outbreak, the White House and senior federal health officials haven’t taken the necessary steps to give states simple pathways to fully leverage the mammoth safety net program to prevent a wider epidemic.

And it threatens to slow efforts by states to bring on new medical providers, set up emergency clinics or begin quarantining and caring for homeless Americans at high risk from the virus.

One reason federal health officials have not acted appears to be President Trump’s reluctance to declare a national emergency. That’s a key step that would clear the way for states to get Medicaid waivers to more nimbly tackle coronavirus, but it would conflict with Trump’s repeated efforts to downplay the seriousness of the epidemic.

Another element may be ideological: The administration official who oversees Medicaid, Seema Verma, head of the government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has been a champion of efforts by conservative states to trim the number of people enrolled in Medicaid.

Regardless of what you think about Medicaid, this president is making massive numbers of enemies of moderate Democrats who helped elect him in 2016.

Trump was already on a path to lose the 2020 election and he appears to be doing everything possible to seal that fate.

Appealing to the base, when the base is going nowhere, is precisely the wrong thing to do.

Reader Sechel came up with the perfect title to this article.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (69)
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stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

"President Trump’s reluctance to declare a national emergency."
Although just posted, this is already out of date. Trump will declare a national emergency today. Some people will say "why the panic?" others will say "too late!". Everybody is getting stressed out and unhappy.

bradw2k
bradw2k

The lesson in all of this, which will not be learned, is that governments are some of the worst problem solvers. Good problem creators, though.

Today's agenda:

  • Trump speaking at 3pm EST
  • Sell-off resuming at 3:05pm EST
Zardoz
Zardoz

Cooperation = Socialism! If you ain't ratf**king, you ain't trying!

tokidoki
tokidoki

Trump should just declare this pandemic The Hunger Games.

"May the odds be forever in your favor!!"

SMF
SMF

The quoted story notes how wonderful bureaucracy is. Towards the end, as usual, the real story shows up.

These waivers can only be granted if a State of Emergency is declared.

It was a similar situation with testing, as the rules stated that under the circumstances 'approved' tests were the purvey of the Federal government alone.

That's bureaucracy for you.

RonJ
RonJ

"Dr. Nicole Saphier told Breitbart News Daily on Friday morning that the reason the U.S. had rejected coronavirus test kits from abroad is that they had a 48% false negative rate, meaning sick people would believe, falsely, they were fine."

tokidoki
tokidoki

The Chinese will be exporting test kits to Japan that can test people in 15 mins. Will be available in many stores starting next week. No doubt these will have a ton of false negatives. But so what. Better than nothing. Apparently Florida will also be sourcing its own test kits.

WildBull
WildBull

China will flare up again as soon as the drastic quarantines are lifted. Drag it out and get severe economic damage, let it run its course and you get more bodies. There is no good solution. Thus, the pols spin in ever wider circles, trying to do something.

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

Trump supporters: u can always blame the chinese when u have totally failed, as Pompeo has been doing

moyerdere2
moyerdere2

the CDC is projecting that up to 214 million Americans could eventually become infected…

Between 160 million and 214 million people in the United States could be infected over the course of the epidemic, according to one projection. That could last months or even over a year, with infections concentrated in shorter periods, staggered across time in different communities, experts said. As many as 200,000 to 1.7 million people could die.

I think that is more than the flu.

Debbie C.
Debbie C.

Crowding people into the airports, like a cattle drive; isn't helping. At least you muzzle some animals. Masks are the same. They all should be wearing them. The internet keeps saying, don't buy any masks, due to the hospital)Dr)& the like, don't have enough. They buy them from the supplier, not walking into the stores like most of us are going to
,Walmart, Walgreens, or your local hardware store!

Debbie C.
Debbie C.

Is the reason Trump in Florida in Mar-lago because of the test kits being manufactured? Per above

Debbie C.
Debbie C.

Saw tonight video, how China gave to street sweepers a package on soaps, masks & hygiene stuff. Very kind & caring. If only, people in USA were that thoughtful. Lots of people in USA, are appalled @ how we treat our elderly, throwing them out into homelessness. We should change our ways, & I see that, with the chart on Mish talk, with who won or not, in Washington state, Biden or Sanders. We are a capitalist country, but, I think most people have had the rudeness far to long. Reason for voting Sanders. But, will Sanders put American jobs in medical supplies back on the map & be comparable to China!