Politics The CDC’s ‘Potomac Fever’ is an economic health threat

07:55  15 june  2021
07:55  15 june  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

General Hospital's Kirsten Storms Reveals She's 'On the Mend' After Recent Brain Surgery

  General Hospital's Kirsten Storms Reveals She's 'On the Mend' After Recent Brain Surgery Kirsten Storms posted a series of videos on her Instagram explaining that she had surgery to drain and remove "a very large cyst that had split into two"The General Hospital star, 37, shared a series of videos on her Instagram Story Friday telling followers that she had gotten surgery earlier this week and was heading home from the hospital. Despite the ordeal, the actress remained in good spirits and was cracking jokes throughout her posts.

How tragic that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in so many ways heroic in the fight against COVID-19, has fallen victim to a strain of "Potomac Fever." It’s using its efforts to combat COVID-19 to exercise economic regulatory policy well beyond its authority.

  The CDC’s ‘Potomac Fever’ is an economic health threat © Provided by Washington Examiner

Take, for example, the CDC’s expansion of a moratorium on residential evictions that started as a temporary measure at the beginning of the pandemic.

When the eviction moratorium was initially enacted by Congress at the end of March 2020, it may have made sense because of the desperate situation. The theory was that a temporary moratorium would slow the spread of COVID-19 by keeping would-be evictees indoors. Unfortunately, as time passed, the CDC stepped in to expand this moratorium and extend it well past its expiration date without ever bothering to consult with Congress.

Opinion: Biden's continuation of this cruel Trump policy is an outrage

  Opinion: Biden's continuation of this cruel Trump policy is an outrage Michael Breen and Michele Heisler of Human Rights First write that President Biden is losing allies as time goes by and his administration doesn't rescind the Title 42 order that President Trump enacted more than a year ago.President Joe Biden ran for office on a platform that included respecting science, promoting public health and restoring humanity to the rule of law to our immigration policies. During his first 100 days in office, he rightly focused on restoring public trust in both government and science and placed confronting the global rising tide of authoritarianism at the center of his foreign policy.

As well intended as this order may have been, generating policy without authority or congressional input has had unintended economic consequences. An eviction moratorium gives many tenants little incentive to pay rent when landlords have little recourse to collect it. The landlords, many of whom are small-property owners, still need to pay the bills on the property. But, thanks to the CDC, small-property owners are being squeezed, with many facing the prospect of bankruptcy. This is what happens when unelected bureaucrats are allowed to make crucial decisions in the place of officials who are accountable to voters.

Federal courts are beginning to recognize that the CDC doesn’t have unlimited authority. In a ruling last month, a federal judge declared that the eviction moratorium was an overstep, writing: “It is the role of the political branches, and not the courts, to assess the merits of policy measures designed to combat the spread of disease, even during a global pandemic.” Other federal judges have reached the same conclusion.

Fact check: Post misleads on effectiveness of J&J COVID-19 vaccine in older adults

  Fact check: Post misleads on effectiveness of J&J COVID-19 vaccine in older adults A post online from anti-vaccination group Physicians for Informed Consent claims J&J COVID-19 vaccine ineffective in older adults. This is false.Use of the one-dose shot was paused for several weeks but lifted on April 23 after both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found the vaccine was overall safe and effective.

The legal status of the moratorium remains in limbo because the Biden administration has appealed the rulings, but these decisions have sent a clear message that the CDC has overreached its authority.

The eviction moratorium hasn’t been the agency’s only jurisdictional overreach. More than a year ago, the CDC acted to shutter the cruise industry. Although the industry has adapted by implementing new safety protocols, apps, and technology, the CDC has remained sluggish in its bureaucratic disinclination to meet changing circumstances.

Recently, the CDC issued new guidelines that are a step in the right direction. Yet by continuing to drag its feet, an agency reluctant to relinquish control is signaling that it’s feeling the heat rather than seeing the light.

The matter of reopening public schools is another area into which the CDC inserted itself into the political and policy process. Initially, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that there “is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely.”

Schools forge ahead without CDC guidance, some leaning away from masks

  Schools forge ahead without CDC guidance, some leaning away from masks With lower cases rates in communities and vaccines available for 12-17 year olds, schools are weighing the rules for fall. The result — a patchwork of different policies depending on what state Americans live in, or even down to which district their kids are enrolled in — comes on the heels of a chaotic school year that’s finally coming to a close. Parents and students are now eagerly looking to the fall as a time for more stability and, because of vaccines, a return to full-time, in-person school with far less rules.

The Biden administration quickly walked back these comments, explaining that Walensky only “spoke to this in her personal capacity.” But email records between American Federation of Teachers officials and the Biden administration reveal that the teachers union placed massive pressure on the CDC, with the AFT working with the agency to shape the Biden administration’s school reopening policies. In fact, on multiple occasions, AFT language was used in the final CDC guidelines. Apparently, science was not the first consideration as the CDC maneuvered to allay the concerns of Biden’s political allies at the expense of America’s children.

The CDC’s ability to manage public health emergencies depends in large part on public support. The agency’s overreach into areas beyond its jurisdiction and core competency places its reputation, and consequently its effectiveness, at risk. Other implications of bypassing congressional authority extend well beyond the present crisis.

If the CDC or any federal agency is not checked when it attempts to bestow greater power upon itself with less accountability, the inevitable result is corrosive to our liberties. An immutable law in Washington is that once an agency expands its authority, it becomes virtually impossible to roll it back, and the public is left to pay the consequences. Now, as we emerge from the pandemic, that rent is coming due.

Teens and adults miss 26 million doses of CDC-recommended vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

  Teens and adults miss 26 million doses of CDC-recommended vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds Researchers found teens may have missed more than 8 million vaccine doses and adults may have missed over 17 million doses.The study, commissioned by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and conducted by Avalere Health, analyzed vaccine claims from January through November 2020 and compared them to the same timeframe in 2019.

Rick Santorum served as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007.

Tags: Opinion, Op-Eds, CDC, Biden Administration, Coronavirus, Rochelle Walensky, Housing, Teachers Unions

Original Author: Rick Santorum

Original Location: The CDC’s ‘Potomac Fever’ is an economic health threat

Covid-19 broke the CDC. Can Rochelle Walensky fix it? .
Now the agency faces its biggest test yet: loosening its public safety guidance as the pandemic recedes, while simultaneously trying to prevent infection rates from spiking.Rochelle Walensky’s remarks caught many CDC scientists and officials off guard. Her boss, President Joe Biden, had campaigned on a promise to take control of the pandemic by letting science lead — a pledge that hinged almost entirely on allowing the nation’s top health experts, including those at the CDC, to speak publicly.

usr: 2
This is interesting!