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Monday, May 25, 2020

The Trump administration's new testing strategy, released Sunday to Congress, holds individual states responsible for planning and carrying out all coronavirus testing, while planning to provide some supplies needed for the tests. The report cements a stance that has frustrated governors in both parties, following the administration's announcement last month that the federal government should be considered "the supplier of last resort" and that states should develop their own testing plans.



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Mr. Becker, public health experts and Democratic leaders panned the proposal, saying the strategy runs the risk of states competing with one another and may create deep inequities among them.

Mr. Becker and others said it's reasonable to expect states to implement some aspects of the testing, such as designating test sites. But acquiring tests involves reliance on national and international supply chains " which are challenging for many states to navigate.

"That's our biggest question, that's our biggest concern, is the robustness of the supply chain, which is critical," Mr. Becker said. "You can't leave it up to the states to do it for themselves. This is not the Hunger Games."

"This disappointing report confirms that President Trump's national testing strategy is to deny the truth that there aren't enough tests and supplies, reject responsibility and dump the burden onto the states," the lawmakers said. "In this document, the Trump administration again attempts to paint a rosy picture about testing while experts continue to warn the country is far short of what we need."

This is too much for any country to have to overcome simultaneously - incompetent leadership/management along with a novelcoronavirus-caused pandemic. We'll be lucky if we get through the summer without a significant upsurge in the virus, solely because we are doing the very things that gives the virus more opportunity to spread, especially due to our lack of testing and tracing.

Sadly on the political side, I believe the person who analogized the situation to the Hunger Games may have hit on something that easily resonates to the masses. Hopefully someone in the Biden camp picks up on the symmetry between President's Snow's indifference and callousness towards those suffering in his nation to that of Donald Trump.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-25 04:07 PM | Reply

"The Trump administration's new testing strategy, released Sunday to Congress, holds individual states responsible for planning and carrying out all coronavirus testing."

Notice the use of the word "strategy."

With competent Federal leadership, we'd have a national "plan."

Instead, the strategy is to make no plans, but let each of the fifty states figure out their plan.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-25 04:19 PM | Reply

Perfect Strategy to enrich GOP insiders that get to resell fed stockpiles aquired by intercepting shipments to states.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-25 05:06 PM | Reply

With competent Federal leadership, we'd have a national "plan."

And after two months of widespread shutdowns, competent federal leadership could have developed comprehensive plans and strategies that first and foremost educated the public on how the nation needs to move forward as safely as possible. Instead of states having to lead comprehensive full range strategies based on their own unique intrastate needs, a federal recognition of zones or areas of wider spreads of infections - many that aren't solely contained within specific state lines - could have been established by using the statistical metrics compiled by officials.

These areas could have been identified as simply as Red, Yellow, and Green zones - where the amount of infected individuals and hospital capacities would dictate the level of publicly allowed activities. Availability of testing and tracing protocols in hot zones would be prioritized and public safety practices heavily recommended where most needed. Yet unaffected areas would still be asked to practice minimally intrusive safety policies but still with enough testing to catch infections before they're allowed to more widely spread.

Business should have been given firm instructions on levels of protective safety practices to be followed unilaterally - with the ability to change them should better practices or information become available that are more effective.

Literally, it was always the federal government's responsibility to lead in almost every area of this pandemic. That is why we have a CDC in the first place. But as in the Hunger Games, each governor is left to fend for themselves, hoping that the federal government upholds its responsibility for keeping the supply chain running. The President stated that he is not responsible for any of what's happening.

This isn't going to end as well as it could have with real leadership coming from Washington based on medical science leading the effort instead of politics. But that's been true since day one.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-25 05:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Are we sure it's not the hunger games?:

Aaron Rupar @atrupar

White House adviser Kevin Hassett: "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work." #HumanCapitalStock

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-25 10:43 PM | Reply

Word to Tony. I love most of your posts but if you could condense them to one paragraph, a few sentences. It is my biggest complaint about many writers, they just go on and on and on. The value of their words doesn't increase with the number of them. Harsh, I know, but such a good writer as yourself needs to hear it. Honestly, make it a point to be concise.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-26 08:23 AM | Reply

Back to the question at hand. Trump wants to make testing impossible or at least very difficult. He has said it many times, too many tests just raises the number of the people affected by the virus. He still stupidly believes that by suppressing tests he will improve his poll numbers. Sorry Orange Clown, when we hit 100,000 that bus left the station.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-26 08:26 AM | Reply

Honestly, make it a point to be concise.

I wish it were that easy. Here's the problem that always plays inside my head. I constantly play devil's advocate against my own positions. And that causes me to write more. I've done what you suggest only to see threads go on and on, with posters challenging each and every point which necessitates more commentary. After all these years, I've found it more economical to try and fully flesh out points when necessary than to be brief and then have to spend more time than if I'd just answered what I know is coming.

Now I've noticed that often there are no comments at all after long-form posts because I've pre-closed diversionary avenues.

In the end, I can't force anyone to read anything and if they think I'm verbose, then so be it. This forum is an imperfect venue where simple messages can easily be misconstrued and misunderstood. I believe in trying to make sure that the point I have in mind is fully framed in the context I'm trying to present it in.

Thank you for the critique. At least you care.

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-26 08:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I dunno, if it's long I skip down to who posted it. If it's Tony, I read it because he pays attention and has a well-functioning brain.

Play on...

#9 | Posted by bocaink at 2020-05-26 01:43 PM | Reply

The odds are not in our favor.

As long as Trumpy remains President.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-26 07:06 PM | Reply

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