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Apr 22, 2017 3 tweets 1 min read Read on X
#marchforscience is visible from the White House facing south, but per pool President Trump left ~15 mins ago. No WH acknowledgment so far
And scratch that. No direct reference to march, but interesting paragraph on science from WH in Earth Day statement. Image

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Sep 24, 2020
NEW: Trump is spending nearly $7 billion in taxpayer money on a blatant ploy to buy off seniors, 40 days before the election, with $200 Rx drug coupons.

WH says the money comes from savings from a regulation that is not yet in force. w/@NicholasFlorko

The Health and Human Services department just held a call during which, shockingly, they said the White House's plan to pay for Trump's $200 prescription drug coupons is still being worked out. No justification for using $6.6 billion in taxpayer money as a pre-election giveaway
What's even more absurd is the White House actually *has* said where the money will come from: Trump's "most favored nations" rule capping U.S. drug prices based on prices in other countries. That rule ... is not in force yet. So, $6.6 in taxpayer money that doesn't yet exist
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Sep 24, 2020
Trump: "Under my plan, 33 million Medicare beneficiaries will soon receive a card in the mail containing $200 that they can use to help pay for prescription drugs. ... Joe Biden won't be doing this."
This is stunning because a) the administration has given no indication it's actually happening and b) the president is handing out nearly $7 billion in taxpayer money six weeks before an election and admitting it's for the politics
Trump is still talking about "the Democrat plan," i.e., his health care speech right now is just nakedly a campaign event
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Sep 24, 2020
Unless I'm missing something, the Trump admin just rolled out its long-awaited health care plan, which entails:

-A plan to work with Congress on banning surprise billing
-A declaration that insurers can't discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions

That was it!
Seema Verma said they would lead to "the most consequential health care reform in American history."

The surprise billing bit is a non-binding directive. The conditions for people w/pre-existing conditions are standing law, which the Trump DOJ is currently trying to strike down
Alex Azar was actually pretty open about the fact that the surprise billing order has no impact:

"If such legislation is not passed by January 1, then he will instruct me to investigate executive actions and regulatory actions that we can take."
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Aug 27, 2020
NEW: Our story today goes inside the Trump administration's unprecedented war on the Food and Drug Administration — the agency Americans are depending on to test, evaluate, and approve potential Covid-19 treatments and vaccines. Will thread highlights:

Last week, the administration installed Emily Miller, a former OANN reporter and gun-rights advocate, as the FDA's top spokeswoman. She doesn't have experience in science or medicine. Here's her book: Image
Two headlines on columns she wrote for the Washington Times:

-"Maryland’s bathroom bill benefits few transgenders, puts all girls at risk from pedophiles"

-“New Obamacare ads make young women look like sluts”
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Aug 20, 2020
New: I spoke with Joe Biden's key Covid-19 advisers to get a better sense for what happens on the potential first day of his presidency — and how his team of former government health care officials is already preparing for a messy transition

A few interesting bits from this piece: Biden's main Covid-19 advisers are former FDA commissioner David Kessler and former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, and he calls them "the docs" — i.e., "let's run it by the docs"

Kessler isn't very political (H.W. Bush appointee at FDA, continued under Clinton), but the Biden camp first called him on March 13 asking for advice on whether to shut down their Philadelphia HQ. He said yes. The campaign shut it down "within two hours"

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Mar 20, 2020
During his press conference today, President Trump says he's put the Defense Production Act "into gear" but again doesn't say whether/how the White House is actually moving to manufacture medical supplies like ventilators, masks, and other protective gear
Trump: "Usually, you work out a financial package to get people working. We're asking people not to work. Social distancing. The new term that's become probably the hottest term there is."
Tony Fauci is asked whether there's evidence for hydroxychloroquine's use to prevent coronavirus. He says: "The answer is no."

Trump contradicts the country's top infectious disease expert: "I'm probably more of a fan of that than maybe anybody."
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