The Horny Goat <lcr...@home.ca
> On Sun, 02 Jan 2022 09:49:06 -0500, Ubiquitous <web...@polaris.net
>>> This is what i'm not understanding. Why do people need to pay for
>>> their own testing kits when you can get tested for free at most
I don't know about the state of the missing attributee, but it's not
"for free" here. It gets charged to the insurance companies. If you
want to take home a test kit, then you pay up front and -- at least now
-- submit the receipt to your insurance company. Before, you could be
out of pocket for it if it wasn't ordered by your doctor or paid for by
your employer or your school.
>> You can thank Resident Joke Biden for fucking up something that was
>> perfectly fine before he showed up.
I don't know who was taking home all the free kits they could carry
before Biden showed up. Maybe that's why there's a shortage ... (Yes,
that was a joke.)
I think Biden is trying to keep as much of the healthcare industry still
privately channeled as possible, partly for political reasons, and
partly because he doesn't want to simply create a new cabinet-level
bureau or office of pandemic management when there's no way to get
funding for such through Congress. So there's a patchwork of
sub-offices in multiple existing public-sector branches, and much of the
private-sector production has been allowed to respond to inchaote market
forces that are still using last month's numbers to generate this
month's production schedule.
Something Biden could do is invoke the Defense Production Act, and while
I think he should do so for numerous pandemic related reasons, again I
think he's reluctant to do so for his own ideological reasons and for
political reasons. For one thing, he does not believe in Medicare for
All, and might see centralized pandemic materiel as the beginning of
that. For another, just imagine all the rightist howling and whining
about "Blah-blah Democrats just want to be totalitarians and control
every aspect of the economy blah-blah" if all that manufacturing and
distribution were suddenly centralized under public-sector control.
It's interesting how everything in the universe is now all Biden's
fault, yet halos adorn the heads of Cheeto Benito and his mini-me
DeathSantis, who has been deliberately suppressing the use of tests
under his control, evidently, to use his hero's words, "[...] if we
didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases." This is why
Florida is one of the states that's leading the country in excess death
> Could be worse - in our province our government has chosen to keep
> them ALL for use by first responders and airports. There are NONE
> available in local pharmacies.
So no one manufactures tests in Canada?