KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: We May Be Done With Covid, But Covid’s Not Done With Us


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Logistics skilled Jeff Zients, who has headed the White Home covid-19 response workforce because the begin of the Biden administration, is stepping down and can be changed by fashionable public well being skilled Dr. Ashish Jha, who will take a depart from his submit as dean of the College of Public Well being at Brown College. In the meantime, White Home officers are scrambling to determine how one can get the funding they should proceed their covid management efforts now that the president has signed the massive spending invoice for the rest of the federal fiscal 12 months.

Within the states, the Texas Supreme Courtroom closed off the newest effort to cease a legislation that has all however ended authorized abortion within the nation’s second-largest state since September. Different states are scrambling to repeat Texas’ novel legislation, even earlier than the Supreme Courtroom formally strikes to weaken or reverse Roe v. Wade, the 1973 precedent that assured the fitting to authorized abortion nationwide.

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

Among the many takeaways from this week’s episode:

  • Covid restrictions are being dropped across the nation, however one other wave of the coronavirus threatens. Covid circumstances are spiking in lots of elements of the world, and wastewater testing within the U.S. suggests there’s extra covid nonetheless circulating than many individuals appear to suppose.
  • The announcement of Jha to move the White Home covid response was met with cheers from many within the public well being group, who fear the administration has not met the communications problem of coping with the virus.
  • The Texas Supreme Courtroom has rejected a long-shot effort by abortion suppliers to dam a legislation that has successfully banned all abortions within the state after about six weeks of being pregnant. The Supreme Courtroom has in a roundabout way dominated on the legislation, although it allowed it to take impact, and different states are attempting to repeat its distinctive enforcement mechanism, together with Idaho, the place legislators this week despatched the same invoice to the governor.
  • The Senate Well being, Schooling, Labor and Pensions Committee accredited a sweeping invoice to remake parts of the federal public well being paperwork on a bipartisan vote of 20-2. The invoice contains the formal creation of President Joe Biden’s proposal for an “Superior Analysis Initiatives Company for Well being,” or ARPA-H.
  • Many questions stay to be answered, nevertheless, together with the place a lot of the funding would come from for the adjustments, whether or not ARPA-H would turn out to be a part of the Nationwide Institutes of Well being or stay separate, and whether or not the total Senate and the Home would be capable to move the bipartisan compromise labored out within the HELP Committee.
  • In one thing of a shock, the Senate by voice vote handed a invoice this week that might make daylight saving time everlasting. However whereas stopping the observe of fixing the clocks twice a 12 months is fashionable, there’s much less settlement on whether or not the U.S. ought to keep on customary time, which favors extra gentle within the morning, or daylight time, which stretches the night gentle.

Plus, for additional 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 “‘American Diagnosis’: A Fuller Moon Rising — Revised ‘Violence Against Women Act’ Offers Hope,” hosted by Dr. Céline Gounder

Joanne Kenen: The Washington Submit’s “Disease Took My Brother. Our Health-Care System Added to His Ordeal,” by Karen Tumulty

Sandhya Raman: The New York Instances’ “As a Crisis Hotline Grows, So Do Fears It Won’t Be Ready,” by Steve Eder

Alice Miranda Ollstein: Politico’s “Covid Chaos Fueled Another Public Health Crisis: STDs,” by Alice Miranda Ollstein

Additionally mentioned on this week’s podcast:

New White Home covid-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha on “What the Health?,” Sept. 9, 2021

Freakonomics M.D.’s “Is Daylight Saving Time Hazardous to Your Health?” by Bapu Jena

WUSF’s “Orange County’s Health Director Has Been Reinstated. He Was on Leave After Vaccine Email to Staff,” by Joe Byrnes

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This story was produced by KHN (Kaiser Well being Information), a nationwide newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about well being points. Along with Coverage Evaluation and Polling, KHN is among the three main working applications at KFF (Kaiser Household Basis). KFF is an endowed nonprofit group offering info on well being points to the nation.

KHN (Kaiser Well being Information) is a nationwide newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about well being points. Along with Coverage Evaluation and Polling, KHN is among the three main working applications at KFF (Kaiser Household Basis). KFF is an endowed nonprofit group offering info on well being points to the nation.

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