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MFA and COVID19 Update – October 16, 2022

Oct 17, 2022 | PDA Blog

photo: Dr. Bill Honigman’s HC Forum Presentation 2017

 

By Dr. Bill Honigman, Healthcare Human Rights, Coordinator – Progressive Democrats of America

COVID & MFA REALITY CHECK

1,061,123 Total COVID19 deaths in US to date*

424,449 US COVID19 deaths prevented with MFA**

*Harvard University Daily Tracker

**Lancet Comm, Feb 2021

This is now our 140th consecutive weekly PDA Online Sunday Town Hall that began when #COVID19 first hit the U.S. in the spring of 2020.  And once again today, we must report that the United States, compared to all other countries of the world, continues to have the highest total number of confirmed deaths due to the coronavirus.  Yes, we’re still No. 1.

The Harvard University daily tracking center is reporting the U.S. COVID19 total death toll today at 1,061,123, which means that now an estimated 424,449 Americans have now died from COVID19 unnecessarily, and would still be alive today if we had what the vast majority of Americans want, and most every other country in the world already has, a system of Universal Healthcare like #SinglePayer expanded and improved #MedicareForAll (MFA), which would put the public in control of Public Health needs, and provide ALL of the care to ALL of the people in the U.S.

Once again, that’s about a thousand more, just this week alone, specifically 998 more Americans who have died preventable deaths due to inadequate Healthcare related to COVID19.  

This week, world cases and death rates due to COVID19 continued to be generally low, but rising or peaking new cases however, are continuing in the U.K., France, Germany, and Italy.  And concerns for a potential “winter spike” are drawing more attention to newer more antibody-resistant variants, including BA.2.72 and BA.2.75.2, BF.7, BQ.1 and BQ.1.1.  Like the parent Omicron variant, these newer offspring variants are showing high degrees of infectivity with resultant increased total numbers of hospitalizations where affected, but fortunately less overall severity of illness than the original SARS-CoV-1 virus, at least so far.

Globally, OurWorldInData.org is reporting only an estimated 68.3% of world population have received even just one dose of the COVID19 vaccine, as compared to only 23.3% of those who happen to live in low-income countries who have received their first dose of a COVID19 vaccine.  The U.S. has only 68.6% with a complete initial series, barely above the world average.  

The Johns Hopkins Resource Center which ranks countries by percentage COVID19 vaccinations as first dose only, this week has the U.S. at No. 51, in this category, just behind Kuwait and Belgium, and just ahead of Norway and Sri Lanka.

And the U.S. worst state status for COVID19 vaccination continues to be Wyoming, still at only 52.2% of its population fully vaxxed.  Why, oh why?  Wyoming.

As reported just today in WEBMD, because of the threating winter peak, the Biden administration this week extended the COVID19 Public Health Emergency designation to January 11, 2023.  This declaration, which has been renewed every 3 months since the pandemic began in January of 2020, has allowed for some specific care modalities including free vaccines, testing, and anti-viral treatments, expanded Medicaid coverage, and other medical service resources to clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies, ordinarily only available through commercial sources, to be available to the entire American public, rather than their being dependent on markets and stakeholder interests to prioritize their use.

However, “pandemic fatigue” is now causing the drive to fund such expanded care to be waning in Congress.  And even a recent Monmouth poll found 50% of the country feels the pandemic will “never be over and we will just have to live with it.”

But how exactly do we “live with it” when we did so, and have done so, inadequately from the start?  Do our Members of Congress and other elected officials not have any compulsion whatsoever to do what’s right for the public they allegedly serve?

Or is this, even at the level of mass-affliction with millions now dead or disabled from COVID19, and hundreds of thousands unnecessarily dead or disabled from this virus, is this still all about the interests of shareholders and stakeholders, rather than the needs and concerns of the public during a designated Public Health Emergency?

I can’t think of a more compelling call for MFA.  Can you?

Thanks once again for listening, and onward!


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