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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

What Government Health Care Looks Like


Silverfiddle Rant!

Headlines:

Obama Admin didn't Replenish N95 Mask Stockpile

Trump Admin Wasted Months



We have government agencies that--regardless of president or party--are charged with carrying out plans and policies crafted by congress and signed by the president. Clearly, our government was caught flat-footed by the Wuhan Virus, first and foremost thanks to the the lying Chinese Communist Party, abetted in their face-saving lies by the World Health Organization.

Still, that excuse only goes so far. Our government is supposed to have plans and stockpiles for such events.  Like most catastrophes, the after-action reporting on this debacle will have many factors that played out in a horrible comedy of errors.

Please read this:

Inside the coronavirus testing failure: Alarm and dismay among the scientists who sought to help

Here are the lowlights from this tale of frustration, told by scientists and doctors at clinics, labs and hospitals attempting to navigate the US government's Soviet-era style bureaucracy:
"We have the skills and resources as a community but we are collectively paralyzed by a bloated bureaucratic/administrative process," Marc Couturier, medical director at academic laboratory ARUP in Utah, wrote to other microbiologists on Feb. 27 after weeks of mounting frustration.
A scientist named Greninger describes trying to submit his test for government approval:
Greninger channeled his energy into the paperwork problem, spending more than 100 hours filling out forms and collecting information needed for the application, he told The Post. But when he finally submitted the material, an FDA official told him the agency could not accept it - because he had emailed it.
"We received your email and attachments regarding the UW 2019-nCoV assay pre-EUA," an FDA official wrote on Feb. 20. "However, we have not received the official submission through DCC."
"What is the DCC?" Greninger wrote back.
"The Document Control Center," came the reply.
"What is the Document Control Center?"
Greninger then learned about another requirement. Under FDA rules, he was supposed to digitally copy the electronic documents he had emailed to the FDA, burn the copies onto a disk and mail the hard disk to an office in suburban District of Columbia.
Greninger shared his exasperation in a Feb. 20 email to a colleague: "repeat after me, emergency."
Please read the article and give us your thoughts.

36 comments:

  1. The Democrat party and the liberal MSM have hurt this countries response to the Coronavirus worst than anything else. Then again, that was their intention, un American bastards that they are.

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  2. The President of the United State is fighting the forces of the malignant Progressives and trying his best to manage what has become to be the worst attack on our nation ever. And the leftist in America can not find one redeeming quality in him!

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  3. Draining the swamp will require a much larger sump pump than DJT has in his arsenal. No doubt the bureaucrats will argue, "I was simply following policy and procedure." The person who developed this policy and procedure will argue, "We must have safeguards in place; there can be no shortcuts." They are both probably right and neither are guilty of malfeasance. Bureaucracies aren't set up for emergency conditions, and I doubt that anyone at HHS even knows what the FDA policies and procedures are ... so as my friend Bunkerville often writes, "All is well in the swamp."

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  4. Thoughts Silver?

    After all is over, or at least subsided, Congress will take a look at went right and what went wrong. I suspect they will find many heroic stories of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals and scientists who were miracle workers.

    I also suspect they will find many levels of government that are not designed to bend and morph quickly to address quick moving problems. Think about what it takes to stop a fully laden tanker.

    And I also suspect, that just as the writers found in the first article of this series, there was a lack of real government focus on this issue in the early days that can be traced back to numerous false and misleading public statements by various administration officials.

    But... I could be wrong.

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    1. Dave, you often correct. We will see. I hope our oaths cross.

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  5. Doctors who prescribe Hydroxychloroquine to the thousands of patients for Malaria Lupus and Arthritis say they haven’t encounter side effects. The media, and the Left MUST STOP their Lying, and stop it now, because Lives could be saved by it’s use.

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    1. I recommend you do some research on your own. No medicine has no side-effects

      https://quinism.org/

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  6. Bernie Sanders Tested Negative For President

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  7. LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES!
    There is a difference between making factual corrections / distinctions and intentionally, and deliberately tellin a LIE!.

    In early March, the World Health Organization said that 3.4 percent of coronavirus patients had died from the disease. “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 (the disease spread by the virus) cases have died,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing. “By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.”

    Our President Donald Trump said this number was false, as the mortality rate was actually much less because their number didn’t take into account unreported cases. In an interview with Sean Hannity on March 4, Trump challenged WHO’s number. “Well, I think the 3.4% is really a false number,” Trump said, asserting that the actual mortality rate is “way under 1 percent.”

    And Trump was right. He wasn’t downplaying the mortality rate, as has been suggested. As testing in the United States has increased, the mortality rate has decreased. The same is true worldwide.

    Chalk this up as another case in which so called self proclaimed “expert” accusations. As we are seeing the Left’s “Facts” are NOT Facts at all, but only their own Fake News to make the President look bad, when he was right all alone.

    Two days after Trump declared the coronavirus a National Emergency, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece by Elizabeth Cameron, who ran the White House pandemic office under Obama, alleging that Trump had dissolved the office in 2018. She claimed because of this, “the federal government’s slow response to the coronavirus isn’t a surprise.”
    This claim spread like wildfire, even though it was COMPLETELY FALSE.

    Back in February both Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg (who hadn’t dropped out of the Democratic primary yet) accused President Trump of cutting funding to critical health agencies during a primary debate. “
    According to an Associated Press fact-check, proposed budget cuts never happened, and funding increased.

    If you listen to Democrats, Trump didn’t act quickly enough and is botching the government response. Joe Biden has tried to perpetuate this falsehood by giving press briefings telling Trump what he should be doing.

    The big problem with that is that when Biden has offered his own plan, he simply took things that Trump had already done, said he should do those things, and pretended they were his own ideas.
    To this day the left (and the media) claim Trump called the coronavirus a hoax. He said no such thing. While the country was distracted by impeachment, the Trump administration was busy addressing the coronavirus outbreak, taking various measures to limit the spread of the virus in the United States. Impeachment quickly faded, so they decided to aggressively politicize his response to the coronavirus outbreak. Joe Biden even called Trump’s travel ban with China an overreaction, and accused him of trying to scare the public. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia ± hysterical xenophobia — and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”

    President Trump responded to these allegations during a rally in South Carolina, calling the Democrats’ politicization of the coronavirus "the new hoax." The media jumped on this line, claiming that Trump called the virus, not the Democrats' reactions to it, a hoax

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  8. The federal government is setup to steal money, not do useful things.

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  9. I lost my father and a sister. I dont want to blame anyone.

    The Chinese need to close the wet markets.

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    1. I am so sorry to hear that. My whole family is praying for the sick, the dead and for those who mourn them.

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    2. Blessings. Good Friday leads to Hope on Sunday.

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  10. The government always claims that it has learned its lessons and will do better next time. We fall for it every time and fund them. The public sector is not filled with perfect saints looking out for the interests of the American people. It's filled with the same self-serving a-holes that once worked in the private sector.

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    1. Which explains why "public" single-payer medicine is bound to be just as bad (if not WORSE) than the private-insurance funded system we have.

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    2. FJ,
      The government always claims that it has learned its lessons and will do better next time. We fall for it every time

      Such gullibility on our part! Sheesh.

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    3. It's all part of the Myth of the Good Administrators of the Commons...

      "Indeed, the process has been so widely commented upon that one writer postulated a common life cycle for all of the attempts to develop regulatory policies. The life cycle is launched by an outcry so widespread and demanding that it generates enough political force to bring about establishment of a regulatory agency to insure the equitable, just, and rational distribution of the advantages among all holders of interest in the commons. This phase is followed by the symbolic reassurance of the offended as the agency goes into operation, developing a period of political quiescence among the great majority of those who hold a general but unorganized interest in the commons. Once this political quiescence has developed, the highly organized and specifically interested groups who wish to make incursions into the commons bring sufficient pressure to bear through other political processes to convert the agency to the protection and furthering of their interests. In the last phase even staffing of the regulating agency is accomplished by drawing the agency administrators from the ranks of the regulated." [p.p. 60-61]

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    4. It is however a fallacy to pretend that the Commons do not exist. They are an awkward reality, which we overlook at our peril.

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    5. Who pretends they don't exist? The Fed was established to make the public liable for ALL the losses arising due to the collapse of the housing market after privatizing all the gains possible from the US financial system. Everyone knows that the Commons exist. They exist to cover "losses".

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    6. The sarcasm I detect in your opening question is undermined by the rest of your comment which makes me question whether or not you accept that there are any legitimate Commons.

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    7. Oh, there certainly are legitimate commons. The air we breath. The water we drink. The "space" in which we park our satellites. What I question is whether or not these commons can be rationally regulated over periods of time greater than a few years w/o becoming captured by the very special interests that we are trying to protect the commons from, therefore rendering said regulation "illegitimate".

      For example... why don't the agencies that regulate the environmental commons (like the EPA) have a responsibility to clean it up? THAT would give them skin-in-the-game that they currently don't have. So the next time an oil well blows out in the Gulf, make them totally responsible for cleaning up the mess that it causes, instead of merely fining the companies and pocketing the fines for the general revenues they produce?

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    8. Imagine if the CDC were liable for all the plagues that they failed to prevent. Would they then have the skin-in-the-game necessary to actually prevent and minimize viral outbreaks? For w/o said skin-in-the-game, these regulatory agencies aren't worthy of their names or charters.

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    9. What penalty will the CDC or its' Civil Servants for the COVID19 outbreak? Their budgets will quadruple and everyone will get a raise. It's the very definition of a moral hazard.

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    10. It has little to no incentive to actually ACHIEVE its' chartered purpose, actually PREVENT and CONTROL the outbreak of infectious diseases. It acts like the UN on a peacekeeping mission, tallying the dead and reporting the tallies to the Hague for prosecution if/when US forces eventually come in and end the conflict.

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    11. Joe,
      Imagine if the CDC were liable for all the plagues that they failed to prevent.

      Well, we can dream, can't we?

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    12. FYI

      Government's don't control virus'. Farr's Law controls virus'. Remember those crazy Swedes? They were crazy like a fox. Don't believe them after this is over saying that the government saved us. That's just a post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy. Farr's Law (1840) saved us.... and those "crazy" Swedes.

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  11. I have some experience with bureacracy and the way government does things. See We have air.

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    1. Great story Jayhawk. Reminds me of the time I welded the rotor shaft of an air circulation fan motor and fit some new replacement bearings on her. When it's 140 in the engine room, you've best get creative.

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  12. I'm tired of seeing what government health care looks like.

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  13. The attempt to replace GOD's Holy Word with manmade GOVERNMENT mandates –– the Marxian ideal! –– always has been, and always will be DISASTROUS.

    . . . Lift up your heads, O Ye Gates

    And be ye llfted up, Ye Everlasting Doors.

    And the Kng of Glory shall come in.

    Who is this King of Glory?

    The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle . . .

    HE is the King of Glory.


    Today is the day of The Last Supper. Tomorrow is Good Friday, the Day Our Lord Jesus Christ, was Crucified, and died to redeem OUR sins.

    Isn't it long past time we at the very least paid LIP SERVICE to honor and express gratitude for the immense sacrifice HE made for OUR sakes?

    As I get older and older (Saturday will be my 79th birthday), I realize more and more that God is, indeed, "our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble . . ." and that because that is so we, who blieve in Him don't have to be afraid of anything –– not even DEATH.

    I hope everyone finds a measure of JOY in the SOLEMNITY of these times and especially the events in ou Liturgial Calendar.

    "Weeping may endure for the night, but Joy cometh in the morning."

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  14. I never saw a Moor —
    I never saw the Sea —
    Yet know I how the Heather looks
    And what a Billow be.

    I never spoke with God
    Nor visited in Heaven —
    Yet certain am I of the spot
    As if a chart were given —


    ~ Emily Dickinson 183o-1886)

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    1. A SECULAR REMINDER oF GOD'S GRACE and INFINITE BEAUTY:

      Where e’er you walk cool gales shall fan the glade.
      Trees where you sit shall crowd into a shade.
      Where e’er you tread the blushing flowers rise
      An all things flourish where e’er you turn your eyes.


      ~ from an aria in Handel's opera "Semele" libretto by Wm. Congreve

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  15. Just finished watching a San Diego "Coronavirus Update" in which a question was asked about ending restrictions. The speaker reminded us that "When we reach a point at which we have no new cases and no deaths, we will have to remember that we got there because of the restrictions which have been imposed, and that means it will not be safe to lift the restrictions."

    The followup question was sort of incoherent, certainly posed in a tone of considerable alarm, and drew a reply to the effect that, "We will have to lift the restrictions carefully and gradually."

    The questioner looked like he wanted to ask how we would go about doing that, but seemed to realize that such a question would be futile and surrendered the microphone.

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