Rep. Katie Porter Makes Trump's CDC Director Look Like a Fool

Mish

Watch a determined Katie Porter browbeat Trump's CDC director into submission.

CDC Director Humiliated Into Submission

"I did the math," said Porter, holding up a whiteboard on which she wrote the associated costs of a coronvirus test at $1,331 bill.

Trump's CDC director Robert Redfield was not prepared for the exchange even though Porter sent in her questions a week ago and repeated them the day before.

Totally Clueless

Assuming the above is true, how is it Trump's CDC director is not even aware?

What About Ohio?

Relatively Contained

Exponential Rise in Cases

Who Gets Tested?

US Testing Competence

House members were floored as they learned that roughly just 11,000 Coronavirus tests TOTAL have been conducted compared to the fact that in South Korea, 10,000 tests are conducted A DAY.

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Dear President Trump

No Worse Than the Flu ?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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dlep
dlep

'House members were floored as they learned that roughly just 11,000 Coronavirus tests TOTAL have been conducted compared to the fact that in South Korea, 10,000 tests are conducted A DAY.' About sums up the situation right there.

tokidoki
tokidoki

We are now feeling nostalgic about those innocent days from a month ago where supposedly East Asian people are more susceptible because of the Ace2 receptor, smoking, etc, etc that's now just so much BS. Nowadays if I mention that 6.7% death rate in Italy, people will counter with "Italy is an old people country!!" as if there's very few old people in China, South Korea, and Japan!!

People are just dumb.

CautiousObserver
CautiousObserver

Commenting on the CDC director's commitment to Katie Porter to make tests available to all American's regardless of insurance: that was definitely not done by Pence the day before as claimed by Bob in the tweet.

What VP Pence said is that insurance companies agreed to waive the co-pay for a test (and possibly deductible, it's not entirely clear) for those who maintain a typical medical insurance plan. Also, Pence indicated people will still need a doctor's script to order a test. Pence's plan does not have a hope of achieving containment, as anyone without typical medical insurance and regular doctor visits is likely to avoid being tested due to the high test cost and long lead time for getting an unexpected doctor's consultation. It was yet another example of the administration being days late and dollars short in getting its arms wrapped around SARS-Cov-2.

Rupert DeBare
Rupert DeBare

Or.... "CDC Director Makes Rep. Katie Porter Look Like a Thuggish Grandstander, Out to Make Political Capital from a National Emergency. "

Realist
Realist
  1. Because Trump surrounded himself with idiots: yes

  2. Because Trump insisted on a made-in-America test: yes

  3. Because of your made-in-America, fragmented, doesn’t cover everyone, expensive, health care system: yes

  4. Because of the anti-science, anti-vaccine, anti-common sense, we-are-superior attitude of many Americans: yes

Blurtman
Blurtman

Dr. Redfield, Clean up your room. You're grounded!

Bring_The_Logic
Bring_The_Logic

Who is John Galt?

RonJ
RonJ

Elevate science.

"The Mayor of Florence is facing fresh criticism after he encouraged Italians to “Hug a Chinese” as a stand against racism before Italy was later forced to quarantine its entire country because of the coronavirus."

ohno
ohno

Dear Kudlow: Please see Ohio. This is NOT contained and, in fact, far worse than what anyone knows. If there are actually 100k in Ohio you can just forget it. Game over.

ghoffa
ghoffa

Thank you Mish for educating me for over 10 plus years. And for referring me to Chris martenson who my wife and I have been watching since his first virus video. Lastly Stuki this is one of the most profound summaries I've read. Thank you brother.

abend237-04
abend237-04

I hope we can quickly get through this period of screeching and scapegoating and move on to exploring how humanity can be sitting on it's ass, allowing wet markets to repeatedly launch plagues and pandemics...several times now within living memory.
Perhaps, we could even discuss how WHO spent over $840 million of last year's $2 billion budget on first class air travel and five star hotel bills while scientists researching viruses and bacteria have been trained to expect rejection of study grants not promising to squander billions more on our trendy, AGW boondoggle.

We should all pay attention to this damn thing until it passes, but the time to have helped was in December, when Mish was frothing at the mouth and flopping on the floor about it before it was fashionable.

We can help get an early warning system in place if we don't lose interest yet again when this crisis passes, but insist on our leaders leading...everywhere.

WildBull
WildBull

It smells to me like the shortage of test capability is because there is some back room deal between the CDC, FDA and some company that will receive exclusive rights to the test at HUGE private and public expense. And... they effed it up. If this turns out to be true, the whole bunch should be prosecuted for negligent homicide and spend the rest of their days in prison IF they survive the mandatory infection with corona virus. Fascists!

abend237-04
abend237-04

The CDC attempt to devise a universal coronavirus test kit was an excellent idea. It met with bad luck and poor execution, probably because of the extremely limited time window with which to work.
Apparently, the kit could detect Sars-Cov-2 just fine, but posted false positives on other viruses also.

The need for a universal coronavirus test kit will immediately become apparent to all if either Sars, Mers, Ebola, and/or H1N1 flu mutate and slip quietly into the middle of this worldwide goat rodeo.
I'd be a little cautious in criminalizing CDC actions to date.

KidHorn
KidHorn

My kids get the next 2 weeks off. After that, who knows? Maybe online instruction. I can work from home indefinitely and plan to. I'm not in a high risk group for death, but even if I get infected and survive, I don't want a nasty ailment that may require an emergency room visit.

JMOD46
JMOD46

A simple question. If it so obvious we should be prepared for a pandemic like this, why weren't we in that position when Obama left office? Then the country could have just benefitted from the previous groundwork by the Obama administration.

I actually blame the CDC for being spread too thin and for allowing "mission creep" to detract from its original mission. Do we really need the CDC to address "climate change" and "dating violence"?

sangell
sangell

The problem is the Obama Administration corrupted and made unfit for purpose our government agencies. The FBI, DoJ, CDC, NASA, you name are filled with political hacks and Affirmative Action hirelings. I checked out former Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein's sister, Nancy Messonier. She's a competent professional at the CDC and directs the office for immunization and respiratory diseases. She held a press conference the other day and blamed Trump not her own agency for failing to be prepared. Hell's bells, it was the CDC who developed that defective coronavirus test kit not the White House. Her cv lists her biggest accomplishment as innoculating more than 150 million people against meningococcal meningitis. Wonderful except they are all in Africa!


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