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Biden Bitterly Clings to Covid Public Health Emergency Declaration

Biden Bitterly Clings to Covid Public Health Emergency Declaration

Meanwhile, brace yourself for dramatic reports about the XBB variant.

Just a few short weeks back, Biden stated that the “pandemic is over” as he toured the Detroit Auto Show maskless, noting everyone ‘seems to be in pretty good shape’.

But that was weeks ago, and things change. Like polls and inflation levels.

So Biden is bitterly clinging to his covid emergency powers for the next 90 days, well past the Nov. 8th election.

NBC Philadelphia reports:

The decision comes as the pandemic has faded from the forefront of many people’s minds. Daily deaths and infections are dropping and people — many of them maskless — are returning to schools, work and grocery stores as normal.

The public health emergency, first declared in January 2020 and renewed every 90 days since, has dramatically changed how health services are delivered.

The declaration enabled the emergency authorization of COVID vaccines, testing and treatments for free. It expanded Medicaid coverage to millions of people, many of whom who will risk losing that coverage once the emergency ends. It temporarily opened up telehealth access for Medicare recipients, enabling doctors to collect the same rates for those visits and encouraging health networks to adopt telehealth technology.

While the Biden administration might hope that the application of pandemic rules during the election season may be helpful to the Democrats, it is also important to follow the money. Especially with Biden.

The White House pushed for billions in funding to bolster those efforts as part of a short-term funding bill Congress is aiming to pass this week to avert a government shutdown.

But the request has drawn considerable pushback from Senate Republicans in recent weeks, who have pushed for the funding to be offset. Republicans also expressed more opposition to the funding in light of Biden’s recent comments declaring the COVID-19 pandemic “over.”

“If that’s true, I’m glad. And so why does he want tens of billions of dollars for COVID?” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told reporters last week, speculating the comments “certainly makes it harder” for more coronavirus funding to be secured.

Earlier this month, the White House asked Congress for more than $22 billion in funding to address what it described as “critical” needs to fund COVID-19 response efforts, including dollars to procure more vaccines, offer free community testing, bolster research, and more.

And as we head into the winter, be prepared for the administration and its media minions to gin-up fear about the new “variants,” especially one that has recently been reported: XBB.

New variants of the rapidly mutating coronavirus are still popping up around the world, and a new iteration of COVID on the rise in Asia may be the most immune-evasive yet.

The XBB strain is causing a small surge in cases in countries like Bangladesh and Singapore. The latter has recorded a daily average of about 5,500 cases over the past week, compared to a daily average of 2,000 cases a month ago.

Officials in Singapore, which is scaling back its last remaining COVID restrictions to reopen to the rest of the world, are not yet concerned about the increase in cases. On Monday, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung noted that only 15% of the country’s recent COVID cases were reinfections. “If you start to see 50% getting it a second time, you’re going to have a wave,” he said. The health ministry did start doling out Moderna’s Omicron booster on Tuesday, three days ahead of schedule, citing rising infections caused by the new “XBB Omicron subvariant.”

As I have noted several times before, covid is now ubiquitous, endemic, and here to stay. The best approach is simply to expand “cold & flu season” to “cold, covid, & flu” season and get on with sensible policies and less drama.

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Proof positive the Covid lockdowns were a sinister scam by people still pulling strings today.

90 day extension huh Joe? That ends just about the time the new Congress gets seated.

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

eugyppius reports the same phony ethnic fire drill going on in Germany. One of his commenters writes that the upcoming “frozen Germans” story will soon wipe this foolishness out of the public eye.

I keep reading that only about 2% of those who got vaccinated are up to speed with the boosters. Kill the $22B funding already. The GOP can’t win even THAT debate?

    The only people I know who are boosted, did so because it was a requirement of their employer. When it became clear it didn’t prevent transmission or spread, I said “no thanks”.

      diver64 in reply to Sanddog. | October 16, 2022 at 6:49 am

      I never got it because the Science was not in place. Without adequate trials and results I’m not injecting any experimental gene therapy into my body when the short and long term effects are unknown. Since the data has come out that they don’t stop Covid, don’t stop transmission and have a number of side effects outweighing the advantages for people in my age and health group turns out I was right.

      #FJB <-- Disco Stu_ in reply to Sanddog. | October 16, 2022 at 8:46 am

      Or “suggestions” from a spouse, possibly?

      (Remarking on behalf of a friend.)

    I also just read that and am pleasantly surprised people are starting to seek out actual information and make an informed decision for themselves but really am astonished the number of triple or quadruple boosted is so low. This after a couple of years of bombardment with hysteria and government dictates.

    CommoChief in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 16, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    A minority facing a majority that votes in lockstep can’t stop very much. Once the next Congress is seated then this is fair argument if the expected r majority fails to act on this point.

Subotai Bahadur | October 15, 2022 at 4:04 pm

Declared states of emergency functionally allow the Executive Branch to take actions that would be otherwise illegal or unconstitutional. By the time there is court review, they have gotten what they wanted. And the courts are loathe to interfere with such.

How sure are you that with the state of emergency in force that a) the scheduled election in November will not be postponed, suspended, etc. and/or the conduct of the election will not be Federalized in some way that would guarantee a Leftist win?

Do you trust the Left to risk losing power? Do you trust the GOPe to stand up for the rights of citizens? Do you trust the courts and legal system to oppose it?

If any of the answers are “No” or “Maybe” that speaks to how the legitimacy of the system is considered, and indicates the Social Contract is not there.

Subotai Bahadur

When do we start burning masks like bras and draft cards?

Pathogenic coronaviruses are responsible for cold/flu symptoms. There were already 4 major strains well before COVID that are known to do so. Therefore, calling it cold, covid, and flu season is just redundant.

While they aren’t the only ones, (rhinoviruses, adenoviruses, and influenza strains also do so) they are firmly entrenched in cold and flu season. Time to get back on with things until the next big scare.

Also, when some people say they have “the flu” and they spew out of one or both ends, they actually are most likely to have a rotavirus or norovirus infection. These were originally called “stomach flu”, so the two are often mish-mashed incorrectly. That’s why a “flu shot” doesn’t protect you against these type of infections.

2smartforlibs | October 15, 2022 at 6:04 pm

Love the “bitter clinger” reference.

Brain Dead Biden already said COVID was over, but his Puppet Masters could not give up the power and never will.

Covid-19/20/21/22 in progress.

Repeated annual influenza vaccination and vaccine effectiveness: review of evidence

Don’t forget your therapeutic treatments and masks.

Doesn’t he need the cover of “Covid is an emergency” to complete the student loan bribery scam?

    diver64 in reply to Massinsanity. | October 16, 2022 at 6:46 am

    Some people are catching on to the game played by The Cathedral.
    Student loans cause its an emergency.
    Medicare expansion because it’s an emergency
    Suspension of evictions for non-payment because emergency
    Censorship because emergency
    Suspension of FDA testing rules on vaccines because emergency
    It goes on and on about the radical expansion of Big Tyranny under the guise of emergency

I need Milhouse to lay down some A+++ pedantry whilst explaining this latest gubmint overreach.

Covid did so much for the Feds. That is probably why the world is running out of lab space to do more gain-of-function to deliver the next pandemic. Labs all across the world are intensely occupied with this type of work.

Fauci not only controls the money for this through the NIH, he also controls the money spent by DARPA and the rest of the military. That was a gift from Dick Cheney during the Bush era.

The military money is far more than the NIH. At least it was. But since the NIH made $125 billion, tax free, last year on one vaccine. I would suppose they would spend some of that to rearm for the next opportunity.

” It expanded Medicaid coverage to millions of people, many of whom who will risk losing that coverage once the emergency ends. ”

Bingo. Right up there with begging the House of Saud to delay production cuts until after the election. Look for this to be the last extension of the the so-called emergency

I’ve been following the Michigan reported Covid cases statistics on a weekly basis for over two years now. I even graph out cases and attributed deaths from the beginning in March 2020. Some results from the numbers:
– Covid cases and attributed deaths have been flat since March 2022 in Michigan. Strangely flat. I track 7 day, 14 day and 30 day trends and they are all so close that they seem suspicious.
– While we are entering a period of the year when the cases and deaths should be rising rapidly, they are remaining flat.
– Michigan used to report deaths from “vital records searches”. These were deaths from ANY CAUSE within 30 days after recovering from Covid. In the beginning these were about 40% of all deaths. At the end of 2021, they accounted for 60% to 70%. By April 2022 it was up to 90%. In June, they stopped reporting vital records search deaths. Suspicious?
Bottom line from Michigan’s own numbers:
– Covid is just a cold.
_ Out of 10 million people, maybe one Michigander a day is dying FROM covid while dozens die from influenza and pneumonia daily.
– At this point, people should get vaccinated for Covid along with flu and pneumonia at their own choice (my body, my choice) and all funding should stop.

A quick attempt to update prior searches as to when and by whom an actual isolation and purification of the “supposed” SARS-CoViD-2 virus was accomplished, and the findings of the following characterization, sequencing and controlled experiments – results in NOTHING (NEVER HAPPENED).

The scamdemic continues, and we are solidly in the “repeat the lie” phase. Trust the “science” of today, not long established techniques used to identify and study all other viruses. …

Next, the truth will come out that the earth is in fact flat, and the horizon appears curved to humans due to evolutionary limitations of their “visual sight” sensory function. … Galileo was a huckster; in his day “He was ‘the Science'” – and his lies have just been repeated and repeated. The only thing he actually (accidentally) got right was: the “law of freefall”.

And, there will be no evidence of vote manipulation in the November elections – not a smidgeon.

Covid would have been a complete non-event and the “vaccines” would never have received EUA if they hadn’t spiked and smeared known effective and safe therapeutics like HCQ and Ivermectin. E/Rs sent people home with nothing and told them to come back when they got worse. They did and those are the folks who ended up getting poisoned with Remdesivir, intubated and murdered.
My wife is an R.N. and her unit has been Covid-only since this evil fraud was launched almost three years ago. It took her a couple of weeks to figure out it was just a politically weaponized flu. We’re both in our 60s, will not take the Jab and haven’t had Covid. Stop listening to the lying government and media. It’s about money, power and control, period.
By the way, every Covid patient in her hospital has had the Jab(s).