The letter of more than four pages includes some interesting descriptions of the hardships that
The letter, dated
It's a public health disaster for the state and an economic disaster for businesses and governmental units.
"COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, a drastic effect on community infrastructure," DeSantis wrote. "Hospitals, medical facilities and first responders are facing challenges rarely experienced.
"The process of triaging and isolating potentially affected individuals is significantly disrupting lifesaving and life-sustaining services. Additionally, the insufficient medical resources and capacities of medical personnel will only continue to rapidly deplete as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to spread."
A recent survey of 6,617 businesses shows that about half of them have already laid off a total of 40,438 employees due to the impact of the epidemic, DeSantis wrote.
The state's jobless services have been overwhelmed. Calls to the
"It is extremely likely that COVID-19 will continue to spread and impact the elderly population statewide," DeSantis wrote.
At least the senior citizens have access to Medicare. As for
About 16 percent of
Meanwhile, some states have reopened their marketplaces for the Affordable Care Act. Normally, signups must take place late in the year. But states that run their own marketplaces like
The federal government, which runs the
As a health industry marketing officer said, in a pandemic the response will be only as effective as the most vulnerable people, the weakest link in the chain. The weaknesses in
The fact that health insurance coverage is not universal and cost is often unaffordable is a national disgrace.
Some of the increases in health care costs represents the increasing number of senior citizens and more treatment options for Americans. But too many of the high prices are due to broken market factors: rent-seeking, monopoly power and too much unnecessary care.
Surprise billing, ridiculous increases in drug prices and wildly uneven charges continue to plague Floridians.
Now all of the flaws in the system are coming home to roost thanks to the coronavirus epidemic.
Let's hope this crisis leads to real reforms.
It's simple: Health literally supports the health and well-being of American lives.
We are now learning that a statement made in a paper by
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