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All Republicans Own the Coronavirus, Not Just Trump

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The COVID-19 coronavirus is now a full-fledged pandemic.

A functional government would have begun putting the necessary precautions in place at the outbreak's first sign.

We had months to prepare.

Yet the Trump administration did nothing.

Despite all the ways the White House dropped the proverbial ball, one would assume, with the virus having infected more than 1,281 Americans (so far), our Congress would be able to put partisan differences aside for the good of all Americans.

Last week, the Democratically controlled House of Representatives passed an $8 billion emergency-funding bill.

But Republicans control the Senate, and they're aren't about to begin legislating in the public interest now.

Wednesday, hours after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) blocked a vote on an emergency paid sick-leave bill that would have guaranteed American workers 14 days of paid sick leave in public health emergencies, claiming it would be an "expensive" and burdensome employer mandate.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) expedited the bill through the legislative process so senators could vote on it swiftly, stating:

"For many of our workers--restaurant workers, truck drivers, service industry workers--they may not have an option to take a day off without losing their pay or losing their job. That's not a choice we should be asking anyone to make in the United States in the 21st century."

Sen. Alexander suggested the bill the GOP-controlled Health Committee must vote on it first.

This comes at a time public health experts urge workplaces to adopt flexible sick-leave policies.

The country does not have enough test kits for all the suspected coronavirus patients.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield confirmed at a hearing:

"The truth is, we're underinvested in the public health labs. There's not enough equipment. There's not enough people. There's not enough internal capacity. There's no surge capacity."

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1. Nancy Pelosi attempted to attach an abortion funding rider to the Corona Virus bill. Even The View called BS on that. 2. Biden and Sanders immediately went off on President Trump, as if he actually created the virus. 3. Every media outlet seems to imply that the blame for this rests squarely on Trump's shoulders. 4. Your own article is using it as a wedge to push a social agenda to include single payer healthcare (read government control). And you have the gaul to blame "all Republicans" for it? You want to find people politicizing this, start with a look in the mirror. I hear Republicans saying this is a non-partisan issue. I hear Democrats blaming Trump. Sorry, the first stone is not yours to cast.

Submitted on Friday, Mar 13, 2020 at 6:37:34 PM

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Starbuck's post is totally based on lies. It's a right wing myth that there were abortion riders for the corona virus funding bill. See Right-wing media and abortion opponents hype misinformation about the coronavirus spending bill

Biden and Sander "went off" on Trump because he did a horrible job, as discussed here.

Not every media outlet blames Trump. But he many do, and he deserves condemnation.

Single-payer health-care isn't government control of health care. It's government management of funding. Anyway, we have government management of the military and of courts and of police and of schools and of roads and of public health and of airline safety. Are they all evil? And, yes, the lack of good health care in the U.S. is due to our stupid market-based system which is less efficient than that in other countries which have more government management.

Notice how organized and fast the right wing response is on OpEdNews.

Submitted on Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 at 1:06:34 AM

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