Monday, 2 Oct 2023

Trump coronavirus bombshell: Why Bernie Sanders could help deal with outbreak

The coronavirus has now reached over 500 cases in the US with 22 already dead as the country looks to act quickly to deal with the crisis. US President Trump has tried to fend off growing anger at the White House by hinting that the unexpected nature of the outbreak is to blame. During a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he said: “Who would have thought we would even be having the subject?”

Mr Trump also took to Twitter to blame his opponents in the Democratic Party for “inflaming” the crisis.

He said: “The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the coronavirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, ‘The risk is low to the average American.”

Last week, the President signed off on £6.4billion’s worth of funding to combat the coronavirus outbreak, adding that “it’ll go away” before an additional 250 cases had emerged.

Washington admitted on Thursday that it did not have enough testing kits at its disposal now to halt the growing crisis.

And now some experts are hinting that a policy advocated by potential US election opponent Bernie Sanders could be a way to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further.

One reason health officials in the US are expressing concern is that many in the country are avoiding coronavirus testing because of the price of healthcare in the country.

Around 27 million people in the US do not have health insurance according to Census Bureau, and of those with cover many still could not afford the full price of treatment.

Experts have also blamed lack of paid sick leave and a political class that has downplayed the threat as reasons the country is so vulnerable to a coronavirus outbreak.

Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University told the Financial Times: “The US has certain strengths when it comes to innovation and expertise around diseases, but it also has critical vulnerabilities, especially with our health system.”

The country is trying to compensate for this, as the more than 800 experts sent a letter calling for US policymakers to help the uninsured, although no government measures have been implemented.

President Trump’s struggle to contain the virus can only boost Mr Sanders’ credentials should the democratic socialist win the Democratic Party’s candidacy for the election in November.

The left-wing Senator has called for free healthcare as a primary objective of his political movement for years, and has made this argument in relation to the latest healthcare challenge.

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Mr Sanders said at the end of February: “We need a president who does not play politics with our health and national security.

“Besides passing Medicare for All so everyone can see a doctor or get a vaccine for free, my administration will greatly expand funding for the Center for Disease Control and National Institute of Health, work with the international community, including with the World Health Organisation, and invest in research and technology to make vaccines available quickly.”

As coronavirus panic grips the US, it could prove to be the unlikely undoing of President Trump.

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