Dr. Anthony Fauci is again issuing another warning against socializing and COVID-19. This time on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” where he warned parents that children should not play together unless they are wearing masks before being vaccinated.
“The children can clearly wind up getting infected,” Fauci told CBS anchor Margaret Brennan.
Fauci has been criticized by many lawmakers and opponents for his continuous suggestions and warnings about COVID-19.
Remember in February when Fauci said masks, double masks and other virus mitigation efforts may last until 2022. Well, he and the administration don’t appear to be right about that either.
“You know, I think it is possible that [continuing to wear masks is] the case. And, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality,” Fauci said on CNN’s “State of the Union” in February.
On the recent CBS interview he said, “when the children go out into the community, you want them to continue to wear masks when they’re interacting with groups or multiple households,” he said.
As reported by the New York Post, Fauci said adults who have received the vaccine may not need to mask when around each other, but since children are not eligible for the shot, they should still mask.
Fauci said it’s “conceivable” that kids will be able to return to playgrounds and campgrounds this summer.
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Elizabeth Warren Acknowledges Unintended Consequences of Obamacare
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a longtime supporter of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is now acknowledging the unintended consequences of the healthcare legislation, particularly its impact on industry consolidation and rising healthcare prices.
Warren, who has been a vocal proponent of Obamacare, has recently had what the Wall Street Journal reported as an “epiphany” regarding the consequences of the healthcare law. In a letter addressed to the Health and Human Services Department inspector general, Warren, along with Senator Mike Braun of Indiana, expressed concerns about vertically-integrated healthcare companies potentially increasing prescription drug costs and evading federal regulations.
According to reports from Fox News, the bipartisan letter highlighted issues with the nation’s largest health insurers allegedly bypassing Obamacare’s medical loss ratio (MLR). According to Warren, these insurers, through vertical integration, have manipulated the system, leading to “sky-high prescription drug costs and excessive corporate profits.”
The senators detailed how conglomerates, like UnitedHealth Group, with ownership across various healthcare sectors, could inflate medical payments to pharmacies and, by realizing those payments on the pharmacy side, appear to comply with MLR requirements while retaining more profits.
Moreover, despite the Democrats’ argument that the MLR would benefit patients, it has incentivized insurers to merge with or acquire pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), retail and specialty pharmacies, and healthcare providers. This, in turn, has made healthcare spending less transparent, as insurers can allegedly shift profits to their affiliates by increasing reimbursements.
Warren, who has consistently voted against Obamacare repeal efforts, notably advocated for a “Medicare for All” proposal during her 2020 presidential campaign. Despite her prior support for the healthcare law, Warren’s recent concerns about its unintended consequences have raised questions about the long-term effects of Obamacare and its impact on the healthcare industry.
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