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Major Survey Finds 100 Million Americans See U.S. Healthcare System as ‘Expensive’ or ‘Broken’

One in 20 respondents—representing 12.7 million people—said a friend or family member died over the past year after not receiving treatment because they couldn't afford it.
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By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams

The largest survey of its kind since the start of the Covid-19 crisis found that 38% of respondents—representing around 100 million Americans—characterized the for-profit U.S. healthcare system as either “expensive” or “broken,” an indication that the pandemic has markedly shifted public opinion.

Gallup and West Health, the two organizations behind the new survey out Tuesday, began the polling process by asking respondents to concisely describe the U.S. healthcare system in their own words. Nearly 40% used the word “expensive” and 13% said the system is “broken”—the two most common descriptors offered by respondents.

“The results stand in stark contrast to findings from just two years ago,” the groups note in their detailed summary of the findings. “In 2019, West Health and Gallup conducted a major survey on U.S. healthcare costs and found that close to half of Americans (48%) believed the quality of care found in the U.S. was either ‘the best in the world’ (13%) or ‘among the very best’ (36%). This was two-and-a-half times the 18% who reported that the quality of care was either ‘the worst in the world’ (3%) or ‘among the worst’ (16%).”

According to the survey, nearly half of Americans say the coronavirus pandemic soured their view of the U.S. healthcare system, which is dominated by large insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations and imposes some of the highest costs in the world—while achieving some of the worst outcomes.

West Health chief strategy officer Tim Lash stressed that “negative public sentiment” surrounding the healthcare system “did not form overnight or begin with Covid-19.”

“It’s been decades in the making after failed promises by elected officials to do something to help Americans suffering at the hand of high prices for healthcare and prescription drugs,” Lash said. “However, public opinion plays an important role in the policy process, and if policymakers are listening, they have no choice but to act.”

While far from the sole catalyst behind Americans’ changing views, the coronavirus pandemic—which has killed nearly 800,000 people in the U.S., including one in 100 older Americans—has thrown into sharp relief the massive inefficiencies and cruelties of a healthcare system whose primary objective is maximizing profit, not delivering high-quality care to all.

“I think that Covid really illustrated just how dysfunctional the system actually is,” said one survey respondent.

Because a majority of Americans receive health insurance through their employers, the pandemic and resulting economic calamity produced what one study characterized as the “greatest health insurance losses in American history,” with millions being dropped from their plans and forced to seek refuge in badly underfunded public programs or the hard-to-navigate Affordable Care Act exchanges.

Additionally, hospitals have hit Covid-19 patients with massive charges throughout the pandemic, potentially discouraging many from seeking lifesaving treatments.

Gallup and West Health’s new poll, a nationally representative survey of more than 6,600 U.S. adults, found that the percentage of Americans who reported forgoing care due to cost concerns—30%—tripled in the three months prior to September and October, when the survey was conducted.

“Maybe, just maybe, it’s time we take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry.”

Nearly a third of U.S. adults report that they could not afford quality healthcare if they needed it today, up from 18% in February. One in 20 respondents—representing around 12.7 million people—told Gallup and West Health that a friend or family member died over the past year after not receiving treatment because they couldn’t afford it.

Overall, 94% of Americans believe the cost of healthcare in the U.S. is “higher than it should be,” the survey showed.

“Americans have reached their breaking point,” said Shelley Lyford, president and CEO of West Health. “Between March and October, the percentage of people reporting trouble paying for healthcare, skipping treatments, and not filling their prescriptions spiked to their highest levels since the pandemic began, exacerbating another public health threat borne out of cost rather than illness.”

Dan Witters, a senior researcher for Gallup, said in a statement Tuesday that “the sharp worsening in public opinion regarding the affordability of care and medicine is startling, and likely a result of myriad factors related directly and indirectly to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“From rapidly rising inflation, to deferred care pushed into 2021, to more people having to pay for Covid-19 care itself,” Witters added, “the U.S. healthcare cost crisis is now coming to a head.”

The new survey was published as congressional Democrats continued working to finalize their $1.75 trillion reconciliation package, which includes a patchwork of healthcare provisions including expanded ACA subsidies and a prescription drug plan that was badly weakened by industry-friendly lawmakers. Other popular proposals, including a plan to add dental and vision benefits to Medicare, were dropped during negotiations.

“At a time when one out of four Americans cannot afford their prescription drugs, maybe, just maybe, it’s time we take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is pushing for a more ambitious plan to slash skyrocketing medicine costs.

44 comments

  1. Read Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr.’s THE REAL ANTHONY FAUCI
    and stop deluding yourself and avoiding the biggest event of the
    21st century.
    How are you missing this?

      1. Kenned is a SAFE-vaxxer.

        More to the point he is a SAFE-and-EFFECTIVE vaxxer.

        Covid vax is not effective, now THEY say it only makes Covid symptoms less severe, it does not contain live if dead virus, it lasts at best six months, and there is nothing in sight except BIG profits for BIGPharma from boosters into infinity you Big Pharma shill.

        Read the fucking book before using your keyboard to spout Big Pharma agitprop.

      2. @Carolyn+L+Zaremba

        Anybody who tries to respond to a serious issue by trotting out the cliché “anti-vaxxer” without understanding the nuances of an enormously complex situation has already lost the argument.

    1. ‘Anti-vaxxer.’ ‘Crackpot.’ I see you’re getting the usual ‘arguments’ from those ‘following the science’ in lockstep with the covidian cult and decades of MSM brainwashing. Right on, though, and carry on.

      1. I read your intent is to serve life, to the highest extent, as is the universal intent. Highest ethics/reason mandates eventually establishing a full-potential agenda, reading full potential to mean exactly what it sound like – humanity operating at its full potential, which is only revealed by diligent investigation. We learn more about it as we go, anticipating our full potential as much greater than we can even imagine, while understanding that we cannot approach the achievements of nature over 4 billion years, without working for at least a billion. Work to accumulate evidence of our progress toward our full potential. Start by envisioning total positivity, and the relationship between positive elements as strong and mutually reinforcing, in contrast to that in the mixed bag of positive and negative elements. The idea that we can progress via mixed bags of positive and negative is hoodoo.

    2. Which COVID vaccine are you talking about? There are like 20 of them.

  2. Hi,
    It is the same in AU, but on a percentage bases. Private health is enormous in costngs. And Surgeon fees. And the Government allows profit making. Ok, for those rich people, not the majority who helps to make ther profits in every sphere. Richness is a disease of the mind. The Government in AU, has to rehash the system, and bring in a new healthcare card and no. And to look after the majority who get it tough. Who make thet profits. Also, to look after the trees, which gives us oxygen, cut down on waste. Promote harmony, and forget about military budgets. Christian.

  3. Canadians, Brits, and French are far healthier than Americans, and Canadians live three years longer than those living in USA. Their physicians don’t refuse to care for anybody, don’t have to bother with the money end, and doctors are paid well.

    In Britain, doctors are paid about 100,000 pounds, and the better care they give their patients (including preventive medicine, like helping them quit smoking), the better their pay.

    In France, preventive care is practiced, they have unlimited sick days, don’t wait more than an hour at a hospital, and some doctors do house visits. It is France, the country whose citizens have been known to take to the streets in protest, and are not apathetic; that has free education, free medical care, exceedingly inexpensive child care, and high standard of living. Could a demanding population get more of what they want?

    Even poor Cuba has free universal healthcare, and provide doctors and medical care to third world nations. It isn’t rich USA that assists other nations, it is their poorest enemies who do. In Cuba, healthcare costs $221 annually per person, in USA, it is about $6,000 spent on each person for medical care. Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate, longer lifespan, and better preventive medicine than America. Meds cost literally about 2% of what they do in America. There in Cuba, medical intake does not ask any more than your name and your birthdate.

    In the USA, to inform those who don’t live there, potential patients don’t get care without the type of insurance that covers the particular care provider, you have long waits even in an emergency room, they want an extensive medical history report, there are co-pays, and the care is not so good- it is almost impossible to get holistic care (herbal or non-pharmaceutical), as well as the high possibility that you will have to take all kinds of tests, often are referred to specialists, and are often misdiagnosed. In addition to all that, the pharmaceuticals are often addictive and/or harmful, more on that later.

    Kahn, Michael. ANGRY LOUD AND CLEAR TRUTH: THE GROWTH AND MECHANISMS OF THE ROMERICAN EMPIRE . Kindle Edition.

  4. That was the skeletal strategy of the elite. Here is their system of control: Corporate philanthropy controls medical education and thus, medical care, so that society’s needs-as defined by the elite- would dominate over the medical profession’s interests. The wealthiest people control the universities (donations come with conditions that if not met, will result in withdrawal of funding, even if not contracted), doctors are trained at and are subordinate to those universities, and academic physicians research the management of disease to acquire the desired results.

    Unfortunately, the desired results are rarely to cure any disease; but often the objective is to promote addictions and/or dependencies, and even to cause disease. Not only do the wealthy families control the universities, now they own the pharmaceuticals.

    In his book “Murder By Injection,” Eustace Mullins names the top pharmaceuticals of his time, and their ownership. What was particularly interesting was that multiple positions within government and pharmaceutical corporations and “philanthropic” organizations were held by the same people like a revolving door; mostly bankers, not surprisingly.

    The book listed by names and positions and accomplishments on record of the monopolies. On page 329, he sums up the situation clearly: “Rockefeller’s general Education Board has spent more than $100 million to gain control of the nation’s medical schools and turn our physicians to physicians of the allopathic (orthodox) school, dedicated to surgery and the heavy use of drugs. The board, which had developed from the original Peabody Foundation, also spent some $66 million for Negro education.”

    Note that the book spends thirty pages on a chapter called “The Rockefeller Syndicate” and another seventy pages on a chapter called “The Drug Trust.” As much influence as Rockefeller had, authors of note have related that Rothschild is the one truly in power,

    Kahn, Michael. ANGRY LOUD AND CLEAR TRUTH: THE GROWTH AND MECHANISMS OF THE ROMERICAN EMPIRE . Kindle Edition.

  5. Ha. The revolution will not be surveyed. Yeah, I’m 64, and, teacher par excellence, journalist (real, newspaper, small and mid-sized town), social worker for foster youth, developmental disabled, homeless substance addicted, even homeless veterans . . . Yah. Surveys man, and Commondreamsd, man.

    By any means necessary, bog us down, hit us with another survey, another, and let’s chew through our masks popcorn and watch Dark Waters and The Mauritarian and cry, keeping that six foot distance, for sure.

    Passports passed around. Survey poll focus group.

    Yippee for Goebbels, err, Bernays, err, Friedman, oh those Mad Men, now the Pew Peeps.

    The revolution will not be Whitey on the Moon, Whitey on Mars, Whitey at COP 29.

    You want that Gore Vidal, United States of Amnesia?

    How about Agnotology.

    The Revoution will be surveyed, Pre-crime, prequel, sequel.

    The crimes will be GIS mapped, the vin diagrams, oh, those surveys, executive summaries.

    Poll Toll Fine Code Enforce Levy Tax Triple Penalize Regressive Taxation Eviction Penalties Surcharges Add-ons Price of Inflation Two for One Limited to One.

    Oh, Survey Rachel Carson. Hows that DDT Survey coming?

    Forever chemicals. Militarized Industrial Ag. All those blood lagoons of Pig Body Parts.

    Survey again, those fence lines.

    White Paper, executive summaries.

    Shoot, one out of 10 think or do they just believe or is it a nightmare?

    Ask just the right set of questions, and, shoot, the Revolution will Be Televised. Netflix Mini-Series. Amazon Prime Hulu Showtime. Bring it all on, and we then, can cogitate, ruminate, resonate.

    The Survey will not be Revolutionized.

    Whitey is at the bottom of the sea. Whitey is on his submarine. Whitey is in the lab. Whitey is DARPA mad.

    Thanks for the Survey.

    1. I hate poetry. Make it simple and clear or not at all. Give me facts, not opinions or idiocy. And Kennedy has given us a great work, pay him close attention. THe book has over two thousand reference foot notes.

      1. Oh. The Voice of Kahn. Get a life, please. A little fun, and if you hate poetry, then stop reading. This is the problem of myopia and, well, Michael Lewis Kahn, again, the voice of poetry criticism. Thanks for the though experiment response. I’ll be using this in a piece of journalism.

      2. Too funny! The book has lots of footnotes, eh? Are you sure they’re footnotes and not endnotes, or a combination thereof? The presence of lots of notes doesn’t mean anything insofar as the book’s quality of argument goes. As for the author, I get emails from the man, or more likely some ad person pretending to be him, and he’s just another rightwing political hack looking for money. Like another rightwing hack, the godawful Rand Paul, Kennedy is fixated on Fauci.

  6. The survey represents a portion of middle class. The rest of the country does not share middle class perspectives. As pointed out for the past quarter-century, Congress knows universal health care makes no sense in a country that denies the most basic human rights (UN’s UDHR) to food and shelter for those left jobless.

    1. Say what? The Congress knows Healthcare makes no sense in a country that denies the most basic human rights of shelter and food? Wow! That’s one of the stupidest excuses I’ve heard so far in the ongoing denial of a basic human right ( that’s Healthcare, sonny) to the US populace. The Congress, the entire political class, doesn’t want us to have “free” Healthcare because their Donors don’t want it. Surveys routinely show huge majorities of citizens want Med4All. The survey reflects “middle-class” “perspectives?” Bullshit.

  7. The United States is the only advanced industrial country that has never had free health care. The government’s capitalist disease has prevented us from ever having what our european friends have grown up with. The United States government has overthrown governments in south and central America who had implemented free health care and free education. See Guatemala and El Salvador for a start. The U.S. government has proven that it is monstrous, cruel, and destructive and a scourge that kills people. U.S. health care is not merely “broken”, it is rotting. No wonder that polls show most young people preferring to have a socialist government rather than a capitalist one.

    1. @Carolyn+L+Zaremba

      So then why don’t you pay attention to what Robert Kennedy Jr has to say about all this, and the criminal profiteering of the pharmafia? You’d find you actually agree with him. Only you can’t get past the “anti-vaxxer” slogan, is that it?

      He is not anti-vaccine, he is in favor of SAFE vaccines — properly tested, with transparent data, and the developers fully liable for injuries that aren’t swept under the rug under the pretense that anything and everything is just sheer coincidence. Isn’t that something we can all get behind?

      Single payer health system!

  8. The U.S. has the worst health care “system” (extortion) of any modern nation in the world. Medical bankruptcy is the #1 cause of bankruptcy (all types) in the country. Hospitals charge upwards of 600% markup on supplies, services, treatments and drugs, vastly gouging their clients and patients to the tune of billions in excess exorbitant charges per year (look it up – these are all facts). Monthly premiums amount to applied extortion by a Mafia-like enterprise. You do not want to get sick or ill or diseases in the United Slaves of Amerika. There are far better healthcare options elsewhere at far less money. Nobody should be participating in the scams and schemes of the medical-bankruptcy industry.

  9. The MIC, Medical Industrial Complex, is responsible for the fact that America is the sickest country in the world when it comes to chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity and autoimmune diseases like arthritis. And we are close to #1 in chronic disease, too! Shame on the US “for profit” healthcare services that benefit mainly Greedy Big Pharma and doctors that need to go back to medical school!

  10. Do you think the U$ healthcare system is expensive, yes or no? Do you think it’s broken, yea or nay? Who knows what the never-ending surveys for population control ask respondents? We the people are on a need-to-know basis, and all we usually get are the results, not the means for manufacturing them or producing our passive participation in Democracy, Inc., let alone who’s paying for this ‘science’ of social engineering.

    Still, you’d think that when it comes to Healthcare, Inc., the numbers of dissatisfied customers of this racket would register closer to 99%, versus 1% of the predatory and parasitical profiteers, or at least around 80%, versus the more or less 20% of their professional class managers, like doctors, administering a social system where ‘we the people’ are resources of capital rule with human needs to be be commodified and monetized.

    After all, we have to pay for the right to live, and when living ‘well,’ or rather wealthy, in this sick setup has to even be triaged among the few, that leaves the rest of us scrambling not to become expendable, to prove ourselves productive enough to have purchasing power, even as the prognosis of our becoming useless eaters grows. (Here, take this medication to reduce your alienation, and sleep, sleep, sleep.)

    Expensive and broken? How about fraudulent and dangerous? About the last place you want to go for healing is a hospital or whatever bizzness front the pharmafia and related corporate criminals like the insurance syndicate have set up. Arguably the leading cause of death among Americans, it’s your money or your life with these thieves.

    The pseudo-pandemic certainly has done its part for the ‘creative destruction’ of this unfree market. It won’t be long before telemedicine can handle all transactions and we can get our shots from bots. Meanwhile, as lockdowns upon the economic reproduction of life and experimental injections from eugenicists serve as health protocols, neither Hippocratic oath nor Nuremberg code gets in the way of personnel just doing their jobs for the killing machinery:

    Upon admission to a…hospital, American patients with COVID-19 become virtual prisoners, subjected to a rigid treatment protocol with roots in Ezekiel Emanuel’s “Complete Lives System” for rationing medical care in those over age 50. They have a shockingly high mortality rate. …

    As exposed in audio recordings, hospital executives in Arizona admitted meeting several times a week to lower standards of care, with coordinated restrictions on visitation rights. Most COVID-19 patients’ families are deliberately kept in the dark about what is really being done to their loved ones.

    The combination that enables this tragic and avoidable loss of hundreds of thousands of lives includes (1) The CARES Act, which provides hospitals with bonus incentive payments for all things related to COVID-19 (testing, diagnosing, admitting to hospital, use of remdesivir and ventilators, reporting COVID-19 deaths, and vaccinations) and (2) waivers of customary and long-standing patient rights by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    In 2020, the Texas Hospital Association submitted requests for waivers to CMS. According to Texas attorney Jerri Ward, “CMS has granted ‘waivers’ of federal law regarding patient rights. Specifically, CMS purports to allow hospitals to violate the rights of patients or their surrogates with regard to medical record access, to have patient visitation, and to be free from seclusion.” She notes that “rights do not come from the hospital or CMS and cannot be waived, as that is the antithesis of a ‘right.’ The purported waivers are meant to isolate and gain total control over the patient and to deny patient and patient’s decision-maker the ability to exercise informed consent.”

    Creating a “National Pandemic Emergency” provided justification for such sweeping actions that override individual physician medical decision-making and patients’ rights. The CARES Act provides incentives for hospitals to use treatments dictated solely by the federal government under the auspices of the NIH. These “bounties” must paid back if not “earned” by making the COVID-19 diagnosis and following the COVID-19 protocol.

    The hospital payments include:

    A “free” required PCR test in the Emergency Room or upon admission for every patient, with government-paid fee to hospital.
    Added bonus payment for each positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
    Another bonus for a COVID-19 admission to the hospital.
    A 20 percent “boost” bonus payment from Medicare on the entire hospital bill for use of remdesivir instead of medicines such as Ivermectin.
    Another and larger bonus payment to the hospital if a COVID-19 patient is mechanically ventilated.
    More money to the hospital if cause of death is listed as COVID-19, even if patient did not die directly of COVID-19.
    A COVID-19 diagnosis also provides extra payments to coroners.
    CMS implemented “value-based” payment programs that track data such as how many workers at a healthcare facility receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Now we see why many hospitals implemented COVID-19 vaccine mandates. They are paid more.

    Outside hospitals, physician MIPS quality metrics link doctors’ income to performance-based pay for treating patients with COVID-19 EUA drugs. Failure to report information to CMS can cost the physician 4% of reimbursement.

    Because of obfuscation with medical coding and legal jargon, we cannot be certain of the actual amount each hospital receives per COVID-19 patient. But Attorney Thomas Renz and CMS whistleblowers have calculated a total payment of at least $100,000 per patient.

    What does this mean for your health and safety as a patient in the hospital?

    There are deaths from the government-directed COVID treatments. For remdesivir, studies show that 71–75 percent of patients suffer an adverse effect, and the drug often had to be stopped after five to ten days because of these effects, such as kidney and liver damage, and death. Remdesivir trials during the 2018 West African Ebola outbreak had to be discontinued because death rate exceeded 50%. Yet, in 2020, Anthony Fauci directed that remdesivir was to be the drug hospitals use to treat COVID-19, even when the COVID clinical trials of remdesivir showed similar adverse effects.

    In ventilated patients, the death toll is staggering. A National Library of Medicine January 2021 report of 69 studies involving more than 57,000 patients concluded that fatality rates were 45 percent in COVID-19 patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation, increasing to 84 percent in older patients. Renz announced at a Truth for Health Foundation Press Conference that CMS data showed that in Texas hospitals, 84.9% percent of all patients died after more than 96 hours on a ventilator.

    Then there are deaths from restrictions on effective treatments for hospitalized patients. Renz and a team of data analysts have estimated that more than 800,000 deaths in America’s hospitals, in COVID-19 and other patients, have been caused by approaches restricting fluids, nutrition, antibiotics, effective antivirals, anti-inflammatories, and therapeutic doses of anti-coagulants.

    We now see government-dictated medical care at its worst in our history since the federal government mandated these ineffective and dangerous treatments for COVID-19, and then created financial incentives for hospitals and doctors to use only those “approved” (and paid for) approaches.

    —From “Biden’s Bounty on Your Life: Hospitals’ Incentive Payments for COVID-19,” Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. and Ali Shultz, J.D.

    1. Niko:

      Do you have a link to that audio of Arizona executives discussing ways to lower the standard of care? And did this have something to do with insufficient availability of ICU beds during that surge they’d had in 2020, involving some kind of triage system to ration care?

  11. Our health care “system” is a criminal enterprise run by kleptocrats.
    Hermann Goering would be envious.

  12. free enterprise and anti-communism are religions in USA
    “the only God in america is money”. Malcolm X
    “the love of possessions is a disease with americans”. Sitting Bull
    USA=the only nation on earth where storage facilities exist

  13. “Medical science has made such tremendous progress (in the U.S.) that there is hardly a healthy human left”. Aldous Huxley

    This country likes to kill. It has many variations on that theme. If it’s not dropping 500 pounders on somebody in the middle east , someone here is shooting somebody else here. Even little kids are not immune. It’s like they are on a kind of game animal list. We are being reduced to little more than targets. Targets for bullets, targets for pesticides, medical malpractice and the list goes on and on.

    It also kills wildlife in great numbers. The agency euphemistically called “Wildlife Services” killed 1,508,896 animals last year. This includes such super dangerous species as killdeer plovers (3,560), mourning doves (26,173) and red winged black birds (30,836). Killing = money . Airports are now even recording sparrow/plane collisions. Gotta kill those murderous little fox sparrows.

    Should we really be that surprised that people are dying from a “health care” system that focuses on profit in a country that was founded largely on killing and still likes to kill.

    If we vote for either the republicans or the democrats we are killing ourselves and the rest of the planet. Screw’m both – I am not playing that game anymore.

  14. “If policymakers are listening”? Well, they’re not…at least, not to the public. They are listening to their Big Pharma and Big Insurance donors.
    Stanford University published a study some years ago that showed that what the 99% of Americans want has 0% effect on the actions of Congress, while what the 1% wants has 99% effect on the actions of Congress.
    Good luck.

    1. Yeah, I saw that: as professors Gilens and Page have noted, “policymakers” do NOT listen to the citizenry. If they do, they simply ignore them. Biden promised a lot to the millions who voted for him, and it was a pack of lies from beginning to end. They don’t even pretend to try anymore.

  15. Oh, medicine is broken. Too expensive?

    The scam, for the elites, and nefarious other characters . . .

    Dr. Marty Makary, a public health researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, on Tuesday accused government officials of practicing “modern-day McCarthyism” against anyone who suggests young healthy people, especially those who recovered from COVID, don’t need booster shots.

    Dr. Marty Makary accused public health officials of ‘modern-day McCarthyism,’ and publishing studies not worthy of ‘a 7th-grade science experiment.’

    Miss a day, miss a lot. Subscribe to The Defender’s Top News of the Day. It’s free.

    Dr. Marty Makary on Tuesday accused public health officials of “modern-day McCarthyism,” and publishing studies not worthy of “a 7th-grade science experiment.”

    The public health researcher and professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health told members of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis some COVID policies have become “too extreme, too rigid and are no longer driven by clinical data.”

    Makary zeroed in on natural immunity and COVID booster shots for teens. He criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) rush to push boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds based on lab experiments suggesting boosters raise antibody levels against Omicron.

    Vaccine makers announced the results of the experiments without releasing any of the underlying scientific data, Makary said.

    “Is this what we’ve come to,” Makary asked? “Pharma tells us what to do and the CDC just falls in line?”

    Makary assured committee members he isn’t “anti-vax” — he’s been vaccinated for COVID.

    But he’s a strong proponent of acknowledging natural immunity, and not requiring people who have recovered from COVID — especially young people — to get the vaccine.

    That viewpoint has made him the target of criticism, Makary said.

    “We have a modern-day McCarthyism whenever somebody questions COVID booster shots for kids,” Makary said.

    Makary reminded committee members that, despite a combined annual budget of about $58 billion, neither the CDC nor the National Institutes of Health have produced credible studies on natural immunity to COVID — something his research team is undertaking, using private money.

    +–+

    A good piece here . . . .

    https://libya360.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/fighting-the-invisible-enemy-not-covid-19-but-imperial-fascism/

    What could possibly be a better way to usher in a racist New World Order, that’s hell-bent on population control, than an invisible enemy that gets nearly everyone to gladly jail themselves, fear physical contact with their family, friends, and neighbors, and that disproportionately kills the impoverished and African Americans?

    What could possibly be a better way to bail out Wall Street’s failing repurchasing (repo) market, increase surveillance on a more granular level, and mandate an experimental global vaccination program that’s eagerly awaited even though it’s spearheaded by Bill Gates, the second richest man in the world, whose major concern is ending overpopulation in predominately non-white populations?

    What could possibly provide wide enough cover to desensitize all to the massive troop buildup in Europe that encircles Russia, and the deployment of warships that threaten Venezuela, Iran, and China with invasion, and that ratchets-up its criminal economic sanctions against the most vulnerable people in these respective countries and 36 others under the hypocritical ruse that these measures are really to protect them?

    What could possibly be a more effective way to accomplish repatriation, seal borders, discourage protest, and position the United States into perfect alignment for WWIII? If you’ve correctly answered imperial fascism 2020, you’ve won, they’ve lost, and the resistance takes a quantum leap forward. At minimum, one could convincingly argue that the arrival of COVID-19 is fortuitous for certain economic sectors within the United States. For even if COVID-19 is not perceived as a U.S. bioweapon, Washington is undeniably its pimp.

    +–+

    Dr. Fleming, Is Covid-19 a Bioweapon?

    1. Perhaps Dr. Makary is unaware of the unfortunate fact that the CDC, along with virtually every Federal regulatory body has either been captured or is being captured by Monied Interests. It’s ALWAYS been about money here in the good old USA.

      1. @TimN

        Isn’t this precisely Kennedy’s point? That the captured regulatory agencies are not working in the public interest, or promoting public health, but have become incubators for the development of drugs and vaccines by their pharma buddies (NIH), rubber-stamp these after inadequate testing for safety and efficacy (FDA), and then create a market for them (CDC) to benefit not just the pharmafia, but public “health” agencies as well, who get huge budgets and appropriations from Congress as well as revenue from ownership of myriad patents?

        Have you even ready Kennedy’s book, or looked at any of his arguments? Or are you content to split hairs over footnotes and endnotes?

      2. Follow the Vaguard BlackRock State Street Bank.

        From Pepe Escobar:

        Bypassing the US dollar, on trade and all sorts of financial settlements, is an absolutely central plank of the ever-evolving Russia-China notion of a multipolar world.

        The road will be long, of course, especially when it comes to offering a solid counterpoint to the US-controlled global financial system, a maze that includes the humongous investment houses of the BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street variety, with their interlocking shareholding of virtually every major multinational company.

        Yet a SWIFT escape will rapidly gain momentum, because it is inextricably linked to a series of developments that Putin-Xi touched upon in their conversation, the most important of which are:

        1. The progressive interconnection of BRI and EAEU, offering expanding roles to the BRICS-run New Development Bank (NDB) as well as the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

        2. The increasing geopolitical and geo-economic reach of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), especially after the admission of Iran in October.

        3. And crucially, the upcoming Chinese presidency of the BRICS in 2022.

  16. https://youtu.be/FeyCGJMEaSQ

    The hearing comes amid growing concerns of the potential impact of the Omicron variant and follows President Biden’s announcement of additional actions to combat the coronavirus in the United States and his pledge to donate 1.2 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to countries around the world.

  17. “popular opinion: the most perverted of trollops”. H de Balzac
    more than half of americans, nearly all liberals, believe astrology is scientific”—a”metaphysic for dunces”. Adorno
    between 47-60% US adults, nearly all atheists, believe ghosts exist
    54% adults cannot read above 6th grade level; 69% US university grads not English proficient—US Dept Ed
    54% Asians—improving
    33% blacks–improving
    white /Latino univ grads less proficient and dealing in English proficiency
    “democracy in america means that my ignorance is as good as your knowledge ” I Asimov

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