In the age of coronavirus, some of our elected officials are throwing common-sense measures overboard in favor of partisan politics.
Officials estimate that the U.S. has only 1% of the masks needed for health workers in a full pandemic, reports Politico. The Trump administration and manufacturers of masks wanted a provision added to the emergency coronavirus spending bill that would protect manufacturers should mask wearers get sick.
“A squabble is breaking out over whether respirator mask manufacturers need more protection from legal liability as the Trump administration presses them to ramp up production amid a major shortage during the coronavirus crisis,” writes Politico.
“House Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, viewed the effort as an expansive legal waiver and blocked it from being added to the final version.” Liability protection does not cover products the FDA does not regulate, which includes the n95 masks.”
With the omission of the legal waiver, manufacturers and White House officials warn that the omission could lead to hoarding of masks and not enough supply for nurses and doctors.
Liz Shield in American Greatness brings up a solid point: “Why on earth would a company panic-manufacture protection if some ambulance-chasing liberal shyster can sue them out of existence because a room temperature IQ Democrat can’t use their mask correctly?”