Joe Manchin’s Latest Move on Reconciliation Will Have Liberals Seeing Red – RedState

Earlier today, RedState reported on the Senate parliamentarian saying that a pathway to citizenship (or green cards) for illegal immigrants is a no-go as part of the massive reconciliation play being made by Democrats. That represented another big wrench thrown into the gears of the process, but Sen. Joe Manchin may have just offered up a hand grenade of his own.

We’ve known for a while that Manchin is not supportive of the $3.5 trillion cost of the Bernie Sanders-led, Joe Biden-backed budget bill. The West Virginia senator recently reconfirmed that commitment to some semblance of fiscal sanity via an op-ed that left many Democrats furious. But now, he’s going a step further by making it clear where the leverage in this situation lies.

While Pelosi and Schumer keep levying threats and arbitrary deadlines, Manchin has announced that he’s willing to walk altogether, saying Biden’s agenda can wait until 2022.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is privately saying he thinks Congress should take a “strategic pause” until 2022 before voting on President Biden’s $3.5 trillion social-spending package, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s new timeline — if he insists on it — would disrupt the plans by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to vote on the budget reconciliation package this month.

Now, while I’d love to tell you that Manchin is truly looking to leave the table until next year, I think this is much more of a brush-back pitch than an actual commitment to stop reconciliation from happening in 2021. In other words, I think this is Manchin signaling to Nancy Pelosi, who is dead-set on an end of September reconciliation vote, that she needs to slow down, pass the infrastructure package first, and understand that the far-left will have to let go of some of their hopes and dreams. From there, perhaps there’s some compromise that gets the reconciliation package down below $2 trillion with Democrats still getting 60% of what they want?

Yet, I’m not so sure that happens because of how militant the liberal faction is. What does Ilhan Omar have to gain by voting on a watered-down reconciliation package? That doesn’t raise her profile any. We know Bernie Sanders is going to continue to loudly object as well. If nothing gets done, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets to make the media rounds and claim Manchin kept her from saving the world, and we all know self-aggrandizement is a heady brew for far-left politicians.

In summary, whether we are talking House or Senate, you have two sides with no incentive to give in. Manchin no doubt wants to get something done, but he doesn’t want to commit career suicide in the process. I think that’s what this threat to leave the table until 2022 is all about. It’s a last-ditch effort to make Pelosi and Schumer understand that they are out of options here. They either side-line the radicals and play ball, or they get nothing.

That reality is running headlong into a promise made by Pelosi that she would not pass the infrastructure deal before a reconciliation package. But as I wrote weeks ago (see Nancy Pelosi Screwed up and People Are Starting to Realize It), the San Franciso liberal painted herself into a corner. We’ll see how she responds.





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Billy Porter, and stars of ‘The Crown’ hit Emmy Awards red carpet

FILE PHOTO: Olivia Coleman at Vanity Fair after the 91st Academy Awards, California, U.S., February 25, 2019,REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo

September 19, 2021

By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -“Pose” star Billy Porter and British actor Josh O’Connor were among the early arrivals in Los Angeles for the Emmy Awards on Sunday on a night where “The Crown” and comedy “Ted Lasso” are expected to dominate the annual ceremony for the top television shows.

Porter, who has become a style icon for his daring choices, chose all black with big ruffled sleeves and a huge diamond necklace. Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer wore a blue suit, while Gillian Anderson, nominated for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown,” walked a separate red carpet in London where much of the British talent is gathered.

O’Connor, who is a leading contender for a best actor Emmy for his performance as a young Prince Charles in “The Crown,” sported a flower-shaped bow tie.

Concerns over the Delta variant of the coronavirus forced Sunday’s ceremony to move to an outdoor tent, with a reduced guest list. Vaccinations, testing and masks are mandatory when celebrities are not on camera.

“The Crown” is widely expected to clinch its first best drama series Emmy, as well as trophies for the actors who played Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and a young Princess Diana (newcomer Emma Corrin).

“Ted Lasso,” about a lovable American coach played by Jason Sudeikis navigating the idiosyncrasies of English soccer and society, is also expected to take home multiple awards for its mostly British cast after winning hearts with its optimism and sugary treats.

“We don’t just have front-runners this year, we have runaway front-runners in most of the races,” said Tom O’Neil, founder of awards website Goldderby.com.

A best drama series win for “The Crown” would mark a milestone for Netflix, while Apple TV+ would enter streaming’s big league with a comedy series win for “Ted Lasso.”

Other leading best drama series contenders include dystopian saga “The Handmaid’s Tale,” sci-fi favorite “The Mandalorian” featuring the lovable Baby Yoda and period romance “Bridgerton.” [L1N2QJ1QW]

The closest contest on Sunday is for limited series, which produced contenders ranging from harrowing British rape drama “I May Destroy You” to Kate Winslet’s downtrodden detective in “Mare of Easttown,” and innovative superhero dramedy “WandaVision” on Disney+.

The Television Academy, whose members choose the winners, is known for pulling surprises.

Porter and MJ Rodriguez of FX drama “Pose” won plaudits for their turns in the emotional final season of the series about New York’s underground drag culture in the 1980s that features a large cast of LGBTQ performers. “Pose” is also a best drama series nominee.

If Rodriguez wins on Sunday, she would become the first transgender woman to win a best actress Emmy.

One of television’s most popular shows – 1990s comedy “Friends” – could make an Emmys comeback. The “Friends” reunion special that saw the six main actors reminisce earlier this year about their days playing 20Something New Yorkers is competing against the filmed version of Broadway musical “Hamilton” for best variety special.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Richard Pullin and Peter Cooney)





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Fabio’s two goals help Red Bulls rout Inter Miami CF

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Fabio scored twice in the second half to fuel the New York Red Bulls to a convincing 4-0 victory over Inter Miami CF on Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Patryk Klimala and Omir Fernandez each scored in the first half for New York, which set a season high for goals in a match.

Carlos Miguel Coronel made one save as the Red Bulls (7-11-5, 26 points) cruised to just their second win in their last 14 matches (2-7-5).

Nick Marsman finished with four saves for Inter Miami (9-10-5, 32 points), who saw their three-match winning streak and six-match unbeaten string (5-0-1) come to a halt. Miami remained one point behind seventh-place Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference.

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Inter Miami played with 10 men after defender Jorge Nicolas Figal received a second yellow card in the 38th minute. Figal received his first yellow after a bad foul in the 10th minute before being whistled for an off-the-ball infraction at midfield.

New York nearly opened the scoring in the fourth minute as Fabio’s shot eluded Marsman. The ball skipped toward the goal before being brushed aside following a diving clearance from Christian Makoun.

The Red Bulls made good on their next prime scoring opportunity in the 18th minute.

Wikelman Carmona deftly sent a lead pass to Klimala, who had gained a step on Inter Miami’s Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. Klimala provided the finish by sending a left-footed shot past Marsman for his team-leading sixth goal of the season and second in as many matches.

New York doubled the advantage just 13 minutes later.

Thomas Edwards’ throw-in bounced twice in the box before a charging Fernandez headed the ball home for his first goal of the season.

Fabio provided insurance after he headed home loose balls in the box in the 65th and 89th minutes. He has five goals on the season.

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GOP anger builds over Biden team rationing of COVID-19 treatment in red states

Republican lawmakers are demanding the Biden administration to cease rationing COVID-19 antibody treatments, saying the restrictions are disproportionately hitting red states.

They sent a letter Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra calling on him to reverse the decision to ration COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments to their states.

The lawmakers said the rationing threatens their states with “a severe deficit of doses” of the antibody treatments, which has proven to be powerfully effective in fighting COVID-19 infections including aiding the recovery last year of then-President Donald Trump.

“This decision was made without providing the Florida Department of Health or healthcare providers anytime to prepare for this dramatic shift,” the lawmakers wrote. “Prior to this week, health care providers were able to obtain mAb therapies directly from distributors. With no warning, that changed, leaving Florida providers scrambling for information and a path forward for previously scheduled appointments of this life-saving therapy.”

Mr. Becerra did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The letter was signed by Florida Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott and Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Gus Bilrakis, Bill Posey, Carlos Gimenez, Scott Franklin and Neal Dunn.

A day earlier, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted the Biden administration for restricting monoclonal antibody treatments in several GOP-run states. Mr. DeSantis, a Republican, ultimately announced that he would purchase the therapies directly from pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, thereby circumventing HHS.

HHS announced on Sept. 3 that it would immediately limit orders and shipment of the antibody treatment, known as Regeneron, to department-approved sites due to the “substantial surge” in demand following the surge of the delta variant.

“It remains the goal of the federal government to ensure continued availability of these drugs for current and future patients,” HHS stated, adding the change was only temporary.

By Sept. 13, HHS transitioned from a direct ordering process to a distribution process coordinated by states and territories, noting the high demand for (mAb) drugs “particularly in areas of the country with low vaccination rates.”

“State and territorial health departments know best where a product is needed in their areas. Transitioning to a state/territory-coordinated distribution system gives health departments maximum flexibility to get these critical drugs where they are needed most,” HHS said.

Rep. Chip Roy, Texas Republican, told The Washington Times that “the feds need to get the hell out of our way.”

Mr. Roy on Thursday launched into a tirade against the Biden administration Thursday on The Dana Show, a nationally syndicated radio show hosted by Dana Loesch. He said doctors in Texas told him they face “obstacles” when trying to obtain the antibody treatment.

According to Mr. Roy, after he sent a letter to HHS inquiring about the limited supply of monoclonal antibodies being distributed in Texas, the Department announced HHS would brief congressional lawmakers on Friday afternoon.

“They’re trying to provide treatment, actually help people rather than these bastards, frankly in Washington, whose only solution is to offer mandates, and to say that if you’re not vaccinated, you should basically be left to die,” said Mr.Roy.

He added, “Instead, we have treatments that work. We know that they’re working. These monoclonal antibodies are working…and it became clear to me that they were starting to restrict the supply. Doctors started telling me, ‘Wait a minute, HHS is starting to make it impossible for us or difficult for us to get the supply.’”

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BREAKING: Red Rose Rescuers ‘not guilty’ in Michigan trespassing case

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (LifeSiteNews) — Four pro-life activists, including Dr. Monica Miller, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, were acquitted on all charges of “trespassing” in a Western Michigan courtroom today. Miller, Ann Norton, Heather Idoni, and Robert Kovaly were charged with trespassing at an abortion facility in downtown Grand Rapids in May 2020 during a Red Rose Rescue. Approximately 35 other pro-lifers also protested outside the abortion center that day.

A Red Rose Rescue is a particular form of pro-life activism that involves entering an abortion facility, handing pregnant women roses, and sharing with them messages of encouragement so they won’t go through with their scheduled abortion. Red Rose Rescuers often refuse to leave abortion facilities, risking arrest.

The Red Rose Rescues are something of a revival of successful tactics used during the early days of the pro-life movement, before the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) imposed harsh penalties on pro-lifers who save babies by physically blocking “access” to abortion facilities. They are also inspired by Canadian activist Mary Wagner, who has repeatedly entered Toronto abortion centers and offered red roses to mothers waiting to have their children aborted. Wagner has spent six years in jail for her actions.

LifeSite was on the ground and reported on the May 2020 rescue attempt when it occurred.

Today’s trial was held at the 61st District Court in Kent County in downtown Grand Rapids. It was live-streamed at 9:00 a.m. on the YouTube channel of Judge Jennifer Faber. Media were not allowed to enter the courtroom due to COVID-19 restrictions. As of the publication of this story, the video of the proceedings are no longer viewable on YouTube.

Testimony today came from Kelly Benzin-Brinks as well as several Grand Rapids Police officers. Benzin-Brinks manages the Heritage Women’s Clinic where the rescue took place. Abortionist Thomas Gordon operates the center. Pamphlets with a list of Gordon’s prior civil and health code violations were distributed outside during the rescue attempt.

Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center served as an attorney for Miller and her fellow rescuers. He effectively interrogated the witnesses over their recollection of the rescue. He got Benzin-Brinks to admit that she does not inform women who come to the facility about Gordon’s past health violations. One police officer also admitted to Muise that she arrested one of the activists without having given her a direct prior warning that she would do so.

Muise further, and more importantly, argued that the city’s “trespassing” law had not been violated due to the way the city defines the term. He proved, with video evidence and testimony from Miller and other defendants, that the rescuers never entered the abortion facility nor returned to the parking lot of the clinic after receiving their citations from police. 

Miller told LifeSiteNews today that the jury likely took issue with elements of Benzin-Brinks’ testimony as well as with the jurisdiction of the police. “Even the jurors sent a question to the judge on that specific issue: were the police officers agents of the abortion clinic that they would have the authority to act on behalf of the clinic, telling us and warning us to leave? The answer to that question was, no!” she said. “We were also able to show the police and Benzin-Brinks did not warn us prior to arrest. Ergo, not guilty!”

In an email announcement sent out before today’s trial, Miller noted that Judge Faber allowed jurors to be asked their position on abortion, and whether their position would cause them to not be impartial in rendering a verdict. Miller said that two of the jurors were in fact against abortion but that they ended up being selected for the jury anyway.

If convicted, Miller and her colleagues could have been sentenced to a maximum of 30 days in jail and a fine of $500 with probation.

Since 2017, there have been close to 20 Red Rose Rescues in the United States. Legally, they have resulted in charges being dropped a number of times, notably in federal court; others have ended in trespassing convictions. The state of Michigan has treated rescuers the most harshly, jailing pro-lifers and even charging four involved in a 2019 rescue with a felony for obstruction of officers. Michigan’s current attorney general is a lesbian in a same-sex “marriage.”



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As the Reality of California Becomes Clear, Will Red States Have the Guts to Make Things Right?

What can we learn from the failed effort to recall Gavin Newsom? Of course, the mainstream media and the RINOS are blaming Trump or claiming Larry Elder was too “right-wing,” and these phony narratives are dominating the networks.

But the truth is that Elder’s campaign and policy prescriptions were fairly normal as far as GOP politicians go. In fact, many of his views were held by Democrats just a few decades ago. He didn’t advocate anything that the vast majority of voters in the country would consider “extreme.”

Nor did Trump’s criticism of absentee ballots and their abuse by California and other liberal states have anything to do with the final outcome. The reality is that the election results are telling us something far more sinister.

Elder lost because California has a very large block of indoctrinated leftists who believe in the socialist ideal. As a fifth-generation Californian, I have watched for decades how the state has slowly drifted toward the socialist vision: class warfare, the attack on business, the war on property owners, rewarding criminals and the idle, punishing the productive, etc.

As the former chairman of the California Assembly Education Committee, I have also watched how our schools have become indoctrination centers, turning out generations of children who can’t read or write but can tell you all about the evils of America and the glories of socialism. Students are taught to despise America and to view everyone through a prism of race and gender, merit be dammed. Not to mention California’s Hollywood-saturated culture reinforces these propaganda themes.

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Let’s be honest: Millions of Californian voters now desire leaders who will attack property owners, entrepreneurs, gun owners and anyone who challenges them. They want leaders who undermine our First Amendment religious freedoms; who defame and defund law enforcement; who give millions of our tax dollars in benefits to illegal aliens; and who want the state to use race, gender and sexual orientation to decide who gets jobs, who is admitted to state universities and, if they have their way, who private people are allowed to hire.

Many of my fellow frustrated conservatives can’t believe that millions of voters are seemingly unaware that California is near the bottom of the country in the poverty rate, education scores, homelessness and economic opportunity — and has one of the highest tax burdens of any state.

But leftist voters are not unaware of these trends. They all see the homeless camps outside their doors; they all know that the gap between the rich and everyone else is widening. They all know that economic opportunities are disappearing because our most productive citizens and businesses are leaving the state.

We conservatives need to understand that we are in a midst of a cultural revolution whose goal is to destroy our values, our Christian heritage, our free enterprise system and our constitutional principles.

Do you think America is in danger of going the way of California?

Most Republicans don’t understand this, but the Democratic Party in California is dominated by hard-left ideologues who actually believe that it is necessary to undergo cultural and economic devastation as the price to be paid to transform California into a socialist “paradise.”

No one on the left will say this openly, but they believe the chaos and devastation are necessary in order to eradicate the values and principles that made America great.

They don’t care about how these policies are responsible for great suffering such as people losing their jobs or homes or skyrocketing depression and suicide rates. The leftist elites think they know what’s best for us and they know that such suffering must be endured in route to socialist utopia.

If this psychopathic philosophy sounds familiar to you, well, it should because it is classic Marxism. Marx and Lenin taught that the transformation to socialism will be painful and will require the destruction of all “bourgeois” values in order to create a socialist society where everyone is equal.

This is why the left has voted and will vote again for leaders who continue to enact policies that are destroying everything that made America exceptional.

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If one’s operating principle is that America was founded by evil men and based upon evil principles, then accepting the economic chaos, the crime, poverty, homelessness, etc. makes perfect sense. It’s a small price to be paid to bring socialist ideals to fruition.

This should not surprise anyone. When one looks at Venezuela, Cuba, the USSR, China or virtually every authoritarian socialist regime in world history, the left systematically destroyed traditional society in the course of imposing socialism and, of course, the end result was always misery and an authoritarian society.

Of course, as we all know, socialism never progresses to the “final stages” the communist theoreticians all wrote about because it ignores our human nature and our desire to achieve, to own and to create.

Newsom’s victory simply means that California is dominated by socialist ideologues who don’t care what devastation they bring to the state as long as they’re progressing towards a socialist society. But this is the future of all states unless great efforts are made to prevent it. The GOP could run Jesus himself statewide and would lose.

The hard left is now in control, and we need to accept the idea that socialist revolutionaries control a big chunk of our country.

The great division is now occurring whereby conservatives abandon blue states and liberals abandon red states. In time, this will lead to the formation of two blocs of states with one bloc preserving our heritage, our culture and our constitution and the other bloc becoming socialist authoritarian regimes.

The only question is, will the red states have the guts to preserve America by rejecting and defying unconstitutional laws and regulations imposed on them by a socialist-controlled White House?

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Red White & Truth with Mike Crispi – A New World Order Ft. Anthony Sabatini 9/16/21


The country we have seen and read about for the last 100 years literally doesn’t exist anymore. Over the
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Biden slashes distribution of monoclonal antibodies to red states, Marco Rubio reacts: ‘This reeks of politics’

The Biden administration is cutting back the supply of monoclonal antibodies, a COVID-19 treatment featuring a lab-engineered protein, in several red states. There has been a backlash to the reduction of the potentially lifesaving treatment, especially in Florida, where monoclonal antibodies are being used the most.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday that the agency is taking over the distribution of monoclonal antibodies to states. Previously, the states ordered therapeutics from the federal government.

“HHS will determine the amount of product each state and territory receives on a weekly basis. State and territorial health departments will subsequently identify sites that will receive product and how much,” an HHS spokesman told the Washington Post. “This system will help maintain equitable distribution, both geographically and temporally, across the country — providing states and territories with consistent, fairly-distributed supply over the coming weeks.”

The policy shift will affect seven red states the most: Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana, which have accounted for 70% of monoclonal antibodies orders, CNN reported.

“Given this reality, we must work to ensure our supply of these life-saving therapies remains available for all states and territories, not just some,” an HHS spokesperson said.

Florida has received the most doses of monoclonal antibodies, followed by Texas. Florida received 30,950 doses this week, after the Sunshine State requested 72,000 doses, according to the governor’s office. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis established 25 clinics that offer monoclonal antibody treatments; the first was opened on Aug. 12 in Jacksonville. The clinics have administered 90,000 monoclonal antibody doses, according to DeSantis.

DeSantis slammed President Joe Biden for the “abrupt” cut in monoclonal antibodies.

“We are very, very concerned with the Biden administration and the HHS’s recent, abrupt, sudden announcement that they are going to dramatically cut the number of monoclonal antibodies that are going to be sent to the state of Florida,” DeSantis said during a press conference on Thursday. “There’s going to be a huge disruption and patients are going to suffer as a result of this.”

“We’ve been thrown a major curveball here with a really huge cut,” DeSantis added. “We’re going to make sure we leave no stone unturned. Whoever needs a treatment, we’re going to work like hell to get them the treatment.”

“Many thousands would have ended up in the hospital, and of course, some of them would have ended up dying, so it has saved lives here in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said of the monoclonal antibody treatment.

“The bottom line is this: COVID is a treatable illness. And we have to never go back to the days where particularly high-risk people get infected and were told to just go home and hope they don’t get deathly ill,” DeSantis declared.

Sen. Marco Rubio blasted the Biden administration for reducing Florida’s supply of COVID-19 treatments.

“Antibody treatments aren’t a substitute for vaccines But they have prevented thousands of hospitalizations including in breakthrough cases,” Rubio wrote on Twitter. “Now in a move that reeks of partisan payback against states like Florida, the Biden administration is rationing these treatments.”

“This reeks of politics. This is the Biden administration punishing Florida,” Sen. Marco Rubio said in a video. “They’re saying to states like Florida, ‘Oh yeah, you’re not gonna have mandates? You’re not gonna do what we want you to do? Well then guess what, we’re gonna cut off your antibody treatments and your access to them.'”

The Biden administration has made monoclonal antibody treatments a priority in its “Path out of the Pandemic” plan.

“Monoclonal antibody treatments have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by up to 70% for unvaccinated people at risk of developing severe disease. As hospital systems experience increased COVID-19 cases, many have identified monoclonal antibody treatment as a key tool to improve health outcomes, prevent hospitalizations and reduce the strain on overburdened hospitals,” the plan states.

DeSantis noted that 52% of COVID-19 patients who were treated at the Broward monoclonal antibody treatment site had already been vaccinated, and 69% of those treated at the site with monoclonal antibodies were over 65 years old and vaccinated.

With the supply of monoclonal antibodies being cut by more than half by the Biden administration, DeSantis said he would attempt to secure a new monoclonal antibody treatment from another pharmaceutical company – GlaxoSmithKline.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals announced on Tuesday that the U.S. government had purchased 1.4 million additional doses of its COVID-19 antibody cocktail, which brings the total bought to nearly 3 million doses. Regeneron will supply the upcoming doses between now and the end of January 2022. The monoclonal antibody treatment costs $2,100 per dose, according to Regeneron, which adds up to revenues of $2.9 billion.





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Biden Cuts Back Highly Effective COVID-19 Therapy From Red States

The Biden administration is cutting back on sending free doses of monoclonal antibodies to red, southern states where they were used as a highly effective treatment for COVID-19 patients.

In a new policy shift that began Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the distribution of monoclonal antibodies to states will now be centralized, moving away from the previous process which was based on direct orders and demand.

“HHS will determine the amount of product each state and territory receives on a weekly basis,” an HHS spokesman told the Washington Post. “State and territorial health departments will subsequently identify sites that will receive product and how much.”

HHS did not explicitly explain the reasoning for restricting delivery of the treatments but claimed its new system will “help maintain equitable distribution, both geographically and temporally, across the country, providing states and territories with consistent, fairly distributed supply over the coming weeks.”

Florida is just one of the Republican-led states affected by this change. For weeks leading up to the change, Florida was one of seven southern states — including Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana — that “have been using about 70 percent of the national supply.”

Now, its leaders are scrambling to reckon the state’s COVID-19 treatment regimes with the newest bureaucratic for no specific reason. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said that the treatment reduction came with no warning and little explanation from the federal government.

“They had a vague statement about ‘equity’ but sorry that doesn’t cut it. No explanation of how the allocation was determined. No explanation of why it’s only Florida and a few other red states being restricted. No warning,” a DeSantis aide told Real Clear News’ Philip Wegmann.

Days before the HHS announcement, Biden promised that the administration would “increase the average pace of shipment across the county of free monoclonal antibody treatments by another 50 percent.” The White House also pledged in the president’s “Path Out of the Pandemic” plan that the administration would implement this change in September.

“Monoclonal antibody treatments have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by up to 70% for unvaccinated people at risk of developing severe disease. As hospital systems experience increased COVID-19 cases, many have identified monoclonal antibody treatment as a key tool to improve health outcomes, prevent hospitalizations and reduce the strain on overburdened hospitals,” the plan reads.

Now, it’s clear that the White House’s goal will fall short as “the national supply has considerably decreased and states should expect lower amounts of therapeutics available for shipment in the coming weeks,” as a Texas health department spokesman warned.

“This reeks of politics. This is the Biden administration punishing Florida,” Sen. Marco Rubio said in a video posted to Twitter. “They’re saying to states like Florida, ‘Oh yeah, you’re not gonna have mandates? You’re not gonna do what we want you to do? Well then guess what, we’re gonna cut off your antibody treatments and your access to them.’”

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.





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Is Biden punishing red states by restricting COVID treatment supplies? – HotAir

Maybe not, but as you’ll see, there’s a shortage of rational explanations otherwise — and Joe Biden has only himself to blame for creating that impression. The Biden administration has decided to recalculate the distribution of monoclonal-antibody treatment supplies in order to prioritize equity among the states, rather than the urgency of demand between them. That’s an odd decision for medical supplies in a shortage and public-health crisis anyway.

But is it just a coincidence that the immediate impact of that will be felt by Southern states where the seasonal spike in cases is highest?

The Biden administration is imposing new limits on states’ ability to access to Covid-19 antibody treatments amid rising demand from GOP governors who have relied on the drug as a primary weapon against the virus.

Federal health officials plan to allocate specific amounts to each state under the new approach, in an effort to more evenly distribute the 150,000 doses that the government makes available each week.

The approach is likely to cut into shipments to GOP-led states in the Southeast that have made the pricey antibody drug a central part of their pandemic strategy, while simultaneously spurning mask mandates and other restrictions. That threatens to heighten tensions between the Biden administration and governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis, who have emerged as vocal opponents of the federal Covid-19 response.

Even if this is entirely about equity, it’s a strange call. Monoclonal antibody treatment saves lives, and should be distributed based on need. Most medicines and treatments don’t have to get distributed by the federal government, but for those that do because of shortage conditions, are any distributed on the basis of prioritizing equity over demand?

This smells a bit like retribution for red-state governors not playing along with Biden’s demands for mandates and masks. That aroma arises from Biden himself, who vowed last week to get even with such governors to “get them out of the way.” The timing is suspicious in more ways than one, too:

President Joe Biden has sharply criticized DeSantis and others for resisting efforts to encourage mask wearing and ramp up vaccinations, vowing in a speech last week that if “governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way.”

Still, until recently, the administration had shipped the antibody treatments to states on an as-needed basis — with top health officials in early August going as far as encouraging those battling the Delta surge to seek even more supply.

So until last week, demand and need determined the distribution of monoclonal antibody supplies. Perhaps the shift to equity as the overriding medical principle is a coincidence, but it suuuuuure doesn’t look that way. In fact, it flies in the face of a declaration Biden made a week ago when he was trying to distract everyone from his disgraceful abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan (via Twitchy):

As Phil Kerpen points out in his next tweet, that pledge is still on the White House website:

Getting Life-Saving Monoclonal Antibody Treatment to Those Who Need It

The United States government shipped an average of approximately 100,000 doses of monoclonal antibodies per week across July and August. The Administration will increase the average weekly pace of shipments of free monoclonal antibody treatment to states by a further 50% in September, continuing to accelerate the federal government’s efforts to deliver lifesaving COVID-19 treatment. Monoclonal antibody treatments have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by up to 70% for unvaccinated people at risk of developing severe disease. As hospital systems experience increased COVID-19 cases, many have identified monoclonal antibody treatment as a key tool to improve health outcomes, prevent hospitalizations and reduce the strain on overburdened hospitals.

“To those who need it,” reads the pledge, not “to states on the basis of an obscure equity algorithm.” Biden and the White House want credit for boosting supplies 50%, but … somehow that results in smaller distribution to the states that need it the most? Huh?

Unless Biden was lying last week, this isn’t a response to shortage conditions. Neither is it a rational medical approach to treatment distribution. In fact, there isn’t any rational explanation for this sequence of events other than Biden trying to push governors “out of the way” by hostaging their sickest constituents. So much for compassion, eh?





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