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McEnany: ‘Fauci Is One Member Of A Team,’ and His Viewpoint is Given to President Trump



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With reports circling about President Trump and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci’s strained relationship, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained the situation on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning.

Fauci represents one singular viewpoint in the entire task force, McEnany said. He is tasked with looking at matters from a public health standpoint while other members weigh the economic and social impacts of lockdowns and rules.

“The point of the task force is to be a whole of government look at what is best for this country,” McEnany said. “Dr. Fauci is one member of a team, but rest assured his viewpoint is represented and the information gets to the President through the task force.”

The Press Secretary cited Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Mental Health and Substance Use, as another member who evaluates the risks of lockdowns with issues like increased suicide and drug overdoses.

The different members have unique perspectives and should be looked at wholistically, instead of just looking at one member’s opinion on the information they have been studying.

Monday’s interview follows reports last week that the President has sidelined Fauci and not been briefed personally by him in two months. McEnany said the information Fauci provides is put before the President, through other Task Force members.

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Elizabeth Warren Acknowledges Unintended Consequences of Obamacare



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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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