Surgical masks didn’t work. The COVID-19 vaccine isn’t working anymore, and lockdowns didn’t work, shutting down businesses didn’t work, so now Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) suggests mass-producing N95 masks. The COVID-19 pandemic is breaking down, and the Democrat party knows it. Because of that, the Democrat party has to push more and more rather than let COVID-19 play itself out.
Considering that the Press Secretary just mocked a reporter for suggesting that COVID-19 tests be sent to every American, it’s unlikely Sanders would even get momentum.
Psaki responded to the idea of free COVID-19 tests by saying, “What happens if every American is subjected to a single test? How much does that cost, and what happens next?”
How much did it cost the federal government to send out paper ballots? Want to get into that discussion, Psaki?
Though Psaki regrets the statement, it was intentional enough to raise some eyebrows.
Sanders’ “Mask for All Act” would cost $5 billion to send every person in the United States an N95 mask to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. That would be $15, assuming that there’s 330 million. At this point, there should be conversations about opting out of paying for these ridiculous bills that Americans don’t want to pay for. In many places, such as Florida, there’s no mask mandate throughout the state, and the N95 masks are optional. Assuming that half of Florida’s 21.48 million residents wanted the N95 masks, the federal government would overspend $161 million on sending masks to residents who don’t want them and won’t use them. That’s only one state.
Yes, as Sanders said, not all masks are created equal. That shouldn’t take away from the fact that everyone has the right to choose whether or not to wear a mask. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to mandate something if the item in question isn’t practical. Then again, it’s also challenging to mandate a higher-priced item than others that are available because of income disparities among citizens. The only way to fix the issue is to provide masks from the government. Most Americans are over the COVID-19 virus and mandates and wouldn’t wear a mask even if it was mandated, and they shouldn’t have to. After Omicron, a very mild variant of COVID-19, there shouldn’t be a need for COVID-19 vaccine mandates or other mandates.
Sanders also stated that “it is an utter travesty that high-quality masks are not more readily available to frontline workers and all Americans in the richest country in the history of the planet.”
But, that should expand to other areas of healthcare as well. That’s not a call to government-run healthcare but lower healthcare and prescription drug prices. Big Pharma’s lobbyists have mainly stopped that, and it’s frustrating to the American people who don’t benefit from lower costs. At the same time, politicians are on both sides of the aisle, but it should be noted that in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton got the most votes.
These are the discussions that should have been happening months ago. The fact that we’re nearing the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and Democrats can’t stop themselves from spending billions of dollars to fight something that’s already come and gone. It shows how most Democrats sensationalize everything they can, and it seems that Sanders is trying his best to do so before the 2022 midterm election.
Valid questions about the allocation of this type of funding before the holiday season or earlier in the pandemic have been asked, but there were always only excuses given.