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biden declares covid pandemic "over"
but it's still an emergency, right?
call me mr cynical paws, but has anyone else noticed a decided trend toward covid policy loosening being highly correlated to election proximity?
why, if i didn’t know better, i’d swear this was really all about politics and not public health…
oddly, this does not seem to be cause to end the emergency measures which appear poised to be renewed (for the 11th time)
because, mustn’t derail the gravy train.
(or give back any powers)
The renewal would occur as HHS plans to shift costs of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments to the commercial market, a process beginning this fall that is expected to take months.
Hospitals have advocated for the PHE's extension.
In July, the Federation of American Hospitals, which represents investor-owned or managed hospitals, urged HHS "in the strongest terms possible" to renew PHE through 2023.
well, of course they would do that, wouldn’t they? covid has been a bonanza for them with outlandish and unaudited billing codes for useless procedures and snipe hunting for trace covid to blow revenues into the stratosphere.
for hospitals, high Ct PCR tests have been the next best thing to owning your own money printer.
here’s a tour of the unprecedentedly lavish goody room that goes away for health care providers when the emergency declaration ends.
and this will make hospitals angry.
but november cometh…
it’s quite the quandary.
you can all but smell the wires burning:
but one thing is certain: there is not a hospital admin alive that wants to hear the phrase:
so don’t worry, i’m sure they will find a way to press both buttons. it’s not as though “narrative consistency” has been a priority of late…
brace for some truly interesting pretzel twists of logic and messaging as the powers that be try to sell “the emergency of a pandemic that’s over” to keep the slush funds slushy and the graft and grift grooving.
the tale they tell will wind up with the topology of a klein bottle.
but shape of the truth is rather more plane. (sorry)