My Congressman Dusty Johnson has not yet joined 106 of his seditious Republican colleagues who are joining Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and other legal idiots who are asking the Supreme Court to steal the election for Donald Trump. Instead, Representative Johnson is focusing on practical calls for more socialism in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, our man Dusty is working with Democratic Representative Abigail Spanberger of Virginia to promote the SAVE (Securing Affordable Vaccines Equally) for Seniors Act, a measure to clarify that Medicare should make coronavirus vaccines free for old folks:
The SAVE for Seniors Act would clarify that Medicare must cover – without cost-sharing – a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, just as it would do for one licensed under the Public Health Service Act. By closing this loophole, the legislation ensures that seniors are not the only group who must pay out-of-pocket for a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly all private insurers have committed to covering a COVID-19 vaccination for free, and Medicaid is required to do so at no cost [Rep. Dusty Johnson, joint press release with Rep. Abigail Spanberger, 2020.12.08].
Johnson and Spanberger have a fine idea, ensuring that capitalism does not concentrate vital health care among the rich and kill old folks. Spanberger introduced this no-brainer on October 16. It’s been referred to House Ways and Means, but it appears no action has taken place. The House has gone home for a long weekend while the Senate Majority Leader continues to block broader coronavirus relief.
The Trump Administration did approve an emergency rule change a week before the election to cover vaccines approved by the FDA for emergency use. For the moment, the SAVE for Seniors Act may thus be unnecessary. However, if the Trump Administration has taught us anything, it is vital that we right good ideas down into law rather than leaving them to the whims of a tyrannical and unhingedly self-serving Executive Branch.