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Obama criticizes ‘defund the police’: ‘You lost a big audience the minute you say it’

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On “Good Luck America,” a political news show on Snapchat, former President Barack Obama said political candidates lose support when using “snappy slogans” like “defund the police.

Obama told Peter Hamby, host of the Snapchat show, that people who use the slogan could make it harder to implement changes regarding police reform.

“I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘defund the police’ but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it,” Obama said. “Which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.”

He added, “Instead of talking labels and ideology, we should focus on talking about getting certain things done.”

The “defund the police” movement became widely popular over the summer, following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer.

Protesters called to “defund the police” across the US, asking to reallocate or redirect funds away from the police department to other government agencies.

President Donald Trump criticized the movement, saying during his 2020 re-election campaign that his administration would not allow defunding to happen.

“We will never, ever defund our police,” Trump said in July. “That I can tell you. We are not defunding police.”

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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