Democratic firebrand Representative Katie Porter extracted a commitment from the Centers for Disease Control director, Dr. Robert Redfield, to waive the cose of coronavirus testing for all Americans.
Porter said that she did the math and the associated cost of the bill was $1,331. She added that 40 percent of Americans can’t even afford a $400 unexpected expense, and 33 percent of Americans put off medical treatment last year, and the bill just for testing for the coronavirus is $1,331.
Porter demanded Redfield to use his legal authority under the Code of Federal Regulations to waive the cost, noting that the expense of the test could discourage poorer Americans from getting tested.
I did the math: a full battery of coronavirus testing costs at minimum $1,331.
I also did the legal research: the Administration has the authority to make testing free for every American TODAY.
I secured a commitment from a high-level Trump official that they’d actually do it. pic.twitter.com/RmolCtmNbG
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) March 12, 2020
Porter was praised by progressives and said that Porter and Redfield’s exchange had real-world, positive consequences for the country.
James Hamblin, from the Atlantic, wrote that rep. Katie Porter just got CDC director Robert Redfield to commit to making coronavirus testing free for anyone, regardless of insurance, and that’s big!
This was phenomenal! Thank you rep. Katie Porter!