The coronavirus has people on the brink of pure insanity and news reports get scarier and scarier every day. The pathogen has even made its way across the White House lawn. Trump, along with many other Republicans have been exposed to the virus via the president of Brazil, who later tested negative.
Not only does America not have enough tests, but the question of whether or not people will be refused a test if they don’t have health insurance has plagued many low income Americans.
Democrats Katie Porter took matters into her own hands Thursday, when she asked the director of the CDC if he would promise free testing regardless of social class.
Check out what she said below:
I did the math: a full battery of coronavirus testing costs at minimum $1,331.
I also did the legal research: the Administration has the authority to make testing free for every American TODAY.
I secured a commitment from a high-level Trump official that they’d actually do it. pic.twitter.com/RmolCtmNbG
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) March 12, 2020
I did the math: a full battery of coronavirus testing costs at minimum $1,331. I also did the legal research: the Administration has the authority to make testing free for every American TODAY. I secured a commitment from a high-level Trump official that they’d actually do it.
At the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, Porter asked Dr. Robert R. Redfield:
“Dr. Redfield, do you want to know who has the coronavirus and who doesn’t? Not just rich people, but everybody who might have the virus?”
How many lives did Katie Porter save today using a whiteboard, a bullshit detector, and an ability to retain focus? https://t.co/kRAw56xF5m
— Hart Hanson (@HartHanson) March 12, 2020
Redfield responded with:
“I think you’re an excellent questioner, so my answer is yes.”
Porter shot back with:
“Excellent, everyone in America, hear that you are eligible to go get tested and have that covered regardless of insurance. Please, if you believe you have the illness, call first … do not let a lack of insurance worsen this crisis.”
Porter’s tweet went crazy viral after she got more work done in a hearing than Republicans have gotten done all year. People responding to Porter’s video were very proud to call themselves liberals.
Check out the best reactions below: