KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Invisible Pandemic

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Covid-19 instances are on the rise once more, however you couldn’t inform from the conduct of the general public (dashing again to regular), in addition to public well being and elected officers who worry backlash from even suggesting the reimplementation of precautions.

In the meantime, the Senate (once more) didn’t muster even a easy majority of votes for a invoice to write down abortion protections into federal regulation, because the fallout continues from the leaked majority draft opinion from the Supreme Court docket suggesting it’s about to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of KHN, Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Faculty of Public Well being and Politico, Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, and Sandhya Raman of CQ Roll Name.

Among the many takeaways from this week’s episode:

  • The U.S. handed the edge of 1 million deaths from covid this week. However that’s virtually actually an undercount, and it’s unattainable to know the way huge an issue the coronavirus stays as a result of many optimistic house checks will not be being reported to public well being authorities.
  • Lawmakers and the administration are additional complicating issues. The administration has been pushing a blended message. On one hand, it’s casting the persevering with pandemic as critical sufficient to require tens of billions of {dollars} in extra emergency funds. On the similar time, it’s broadcasting that we actually don’t must do something — equivalent to masking — to fight it.
  • In the meantime, warning lights are flashing for public well being and future pandemics. Lawsuits — such because the one which originated in Florida and led to the tip of the masks requirement for interstate journey on airplanes and different public transportation — haven’t solely hamstrung state and native public well being officers and authorities however are having a chilling impact on different, non-covid-related efforts that will fall underneath conventional public well being work. For instance, opposition to covid vaccine necessities has spilled over to different vaccination necessities in place for many years.
  • Whereas the abortion debate grows extra partisan on the federal degree, with Democrats virtually universally in assist of abortion rights and Republicans virtually universally opposed, that isn’t the case on the state degree. Notably amongst governors, there are nonetheless Democrats who oppose abortion rights and Republicans who assist them.
  • Division inside the Republican Celebration appears to be rising on the problem. For a few years, the GOP was fairly clear that its aim was to overturn Roe and depart the choice about find out how to regulate abortion to the states. Now, there’s speak about advancing a nationwide ban. Additionally, some parts of the occasion appear to favor criminalizing ladies who search an abortion — a step that has usually not been taken.
  • Considerations additionally abound that restrictions and limits on abortion can have a chilling impact on the flexibility of girls to acquire contraception or entry well being care companies after having miscarriages.
  • On Capitol Hill, this week’s information of record-breaking low uninsured numbers got here out, however lawmakers are making no progress on laws to proceed the momentary subsidies that made these protection numbers doable.

Plus, for further credit score, the panelists suggest their favourite well being coverage tales of the week they suppose it is best to learn, too:

Julie Rovner: KHN’s “Travel Nurses See Swift Change of Fortunes as Covid Money Runs Dry,” by Hannah Norman

Joanne Kenen: Politico Journal’s “How One Clinic in Texas Explains the Threat to Contraception,” by Joanne Kenen and Alice Miranda Ollstein

Alice Miranda Ollstein: Politico’s “’It’s a Tsunami’: Legal Challenges Threatening Public Health Policy,” by Krista Mahr

Sandhya Raman: CQ Roll Name’s “End of COVID-19 Emergency Endangers Substance Use Treatment,” by Jessie Hellmann

Additionally mentioned on this week’s podcast:

KHN’s “Ripple Effects of Abortion Restrictions Confuse Care for Miscarriages,” by Charlotte Huff

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