While Georgia Republicans praised the White House, new reports show administration “wasted” time and is now blocking health care exchanges from reopening
ATLANTA — New reporting reveals that even as Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler were busy praising the White House in a desperate effort to score political points with President Donald Trump, the administration “wasted” months that could have been used to secure personal protective equipment (PPE) while Trump himself refused to reopen health care exchanges as thousands of Georgians continue to lose their jobs and health care coverage.
The Trump administration’s response to this public health crisis has already seen Georgia health care providers “scrambling” and the state only receiving “one-quarter of the requested N95 masks and just over a third of requested ventilators.” Some providers are worried they “can’t keep the doors open” with shortages of supplies and other resources. Yet despite these dire circumstances, the AP reported that the White House “squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies.”
Meanwhile, Perdue and Loeffler were apparently too busy with stock trades and praising the president to focus on the growing crisis facing Georgia health care providers as Governor* Brian Kemp claims he’s still learning basic information about the virus months after the fact. Even worse: Georgia Republicans are still united behind a reckless lawsuit to “terminate” the health care law and threaten coverage for millions of Americans as Trump refuses to reopen health care exchanges in what a member of his own administration calls “a bad decision.”
Read the latest on the Trump administration’s disastrous response to the coronavirus outbreak: