KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Trump vs. COVID

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Trump vs. COVID


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President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis– which of 2 lots or more other authorities in the White Home and Capitol Hill– has actually rushed a currently complicated fall. The president’s illness has actually thrown into doubt the remaining 2 governmental arguments, and positive tests for several Republican senators may threaten the effort to press through a new Supreme Court justice prior to Election Day.

On the other hand, it looks progressively unlikely Congress will approve another round of economic relief prior to the election, even though that would benefit the president’s political fortunes and could assist Democrats, too. And the Fda and the Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance continue to fight for clinical credibility.

Today’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Kimberly Leonard of Service Insider and Erin Mershon of Stat News.

Amongst the takeaways from today’s podcast:

  • Trump’s doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, has been heavily slammed for his lack of transparency about the president’s health while fighting the coronavirus. Conley repeatedly said federal guidelines under the HIPAA law restricted his capability to respond to reporters’ questions. That’s since HIPAA (the Medical Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) requires a client’s grant launch medical information.
  • Nonetheless, Trump’s COVID medical diagnosis renews concerns about whether the general public has a right to know the information of a president’s health status, specifically this year when both prospects are older than70 Trump’s challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, has actually released just restricted details, too.
  • Trump’s choice to unilaterally cancel negotiations on a coronavirus relief package baffled and worried Republican legislators and strategists due to the fact that it weakens their narrative that the Democrats have actually refused to budge throughout talks.
  • Although the president has actually said he would support smaller stimulus costs that would help specific markets or customers, it’s unclear what Congress would be willing to push out before the election. So, many Republican lawmakers are turning their attention to the upcoming hearings on the Supreme Court election of Amy Coney Barrett to rally assistance.
  • The prevalent cases of COVID-19 tied to the White House highlight the president’s messages about masks, social isolation and other protective steps and have the prospective to push away citizens, specifically those who have actually lost liked ones or understand people who have been afflicted with the disease.
  • Trump’s comments after getting back from the medical facility prompting the public to not hesitate of the infection or let it “control your life” have taken advantage of aggravation by many individuals who have struggled with the economic repercussions of the pandemic and aspire to put the issue behind them.
  • In the vice governmental debate Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris was criticized by Vice President Mike Pence for weakening public self-confidence in a vaccine when she said she would not take it if it were being pushed by Trump and not endorsed by public health authorities. It’s a difficult concern for Democrats who think Trump is utilizing the vaccine trials to produce political support and his pledge of approval by Election Day is politicizing the process.

This week, Rovner also interviews Amy Howe, co-founder of SCOTUSblog and host of the “ SCOTUStalk” podcast. Howe explains what the Supreme Court might finish with the most recent case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Plus, for extra credit, the panelists advise their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read too:

Julie Rovner: The Atlantic’s “ Trump’s Medical professional Originates from an Uniquely American Brand Name of Medication,” by Eleanor Cummins

Alice Miranda Ollstein: The New York City Times’ “ Just How Much Would Trump’s Coronavirus Treatment Expense Most Americans?” by Sarah Kliff

Kimberly Leonard: Business Expert’s “ Meet the 30 Leaders Under 40 Who Are Changing the Future of Hhealthcare in 2020,” by Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer

Erin Mershon: Kaiser Health News’ “ Not Pandemic-Proof: Insulin Copay Caps Fail, Sustaining Underground Exchanges,” by Markian Hawryluk


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