November 8, 2020, The Hill, Nathaniel Wiexel – Health experts are warning that the current surge in coronavirus cases will get far worse unless the Trump administration takes aggressive action in the next few months. Significant time and money will need to be invested to ensure states are ready to widely distribute a vaccine as soon as one becomes available, and to build trust back into a public health system that’s been scarred by politicization. Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads the Electoral College and looks like the favorite to get to 270 votes, but regardless of the outcome, the current administration will be in charge through Jan. 20. View Story.
November 8, 2020, USA Today, Richard Wolf – When the Supreme Court rescued the Affordable Care Act five years ago from the second concerted effort to have it struck down, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia mused, “We really should start calling this law ‘SCOTUScare.’” The quip from the leader of the court’s conservative wing, who died the following year, was in response to his colleagues’ dual rulings in 2012 and 2015 upholding President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, which came to be known as Obamacare. Even Chief Justice John Roberts smiled at the remark, and for good reason. He has presided over the health care law’s protection since its enactment in 2010. And this week, as opponents drag the statute back into court again, he appears poised to have the last laugh. View Story.
November 8, 2020, NPR, Allison Aubrey – As coronavirus cases surge around the country, President-elect Joe Biden says voters have given him a mandate to take action. “Daily cases are skyrocketing,” Biden said in remarks Friday evening in Wilmington, Del., as the nation waited for the election to be called. “I want everyone — everyone — to know on Day 1, we’re going to put our plan to control this virus into action.” Early Monday, Biden announced a 13-member Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, to be led by former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. David Kessler, former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of the Yale University School of Medicine. Many of the voters who helped propel Biden toward the presidency ranked the pandemic as the most important issue facing the United States, according to AP VoteCast data. View Story.
November 6, 2020, The New York Times, Maggie Haberman and Michael D. Shear – Six White House aides and a Trump campaign adviser — including Mark Meadows, President Trump’s chief of staff — have contracted the coronavirus, officials said, raising fears of another outbreak sweeping through the ranks of the nation’s top officials as cases surge to record levels in the country. Mr. Meadows, who routinely shrugged off the need to wear masks and embraced Mr. Trump’s strategy of playing down the threat from the coronavirus over the summer, informed a small group of White House advisers that he had tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, a senior administration official said late Friday. View Story.
November 6, 2020, MPB, Desare Fraizer – The Mississippi Department of Health reports 1,612 cases and eight deaths Thursday. The department says some of those cases were backlogged. But they say the majority of them occurred this week. Dr. Claude Brunson is Executive Director of the Mississippi Medical Association. He says it’ll take another statewide mask mandate like the one in August, to curb the rising rate. “Before we got to the statewide mandate, we went through a series of adding on counties and that helped a little bit but it wasn’t until we got to a statewide mask mandate, that we really saw numbers start to fall as far as the number of cases and that’s what it’s going to take now,” said Brunson. View Story.