If coronavirus doesn’t kill you, Donald Trump’s strangulation of the U.S Postal Service could! Just ask West River blogger John Tsitrian, who told Marketplace about the challenges he faces getting his meds by mail:
Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump had been prepared to reject the $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus act if it contained a bailout for USPS. Instead, the postal service got a $10 billion loan, which is awaiting approval from the Treasury Department.
That could spell trouble for Americans living in rural areas. People like John Tsitrian, from the little town of Wall, South Dakota, known by locals as the “geographic center of nowhere.”
He gets his medication from the Veterans Administration hospital, through USPS.
He’s worried that if postal services come to a halt “it would require a 100 mile round trip. It would be quite expensive and time consuming.”
Companies like Amazon depend heavily on USPS. In rural areas, it takes care of the so-called “last mile” of the delivery. Tsitrian said that for a lot of Wall’s residents, courier services like FedEx and UPS could be too expensive [Jasmine Garsd, “Postal Service Could Come to a Halt by June as It Bleeds Cash,” Marketplace, 2020.04.13].