From Al Tompkins | Poynter <[email protected]>
Subject White House will let the pandemic public health emergency end
Date January 31, 2023 10:59 AM
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The U.S. public health emergency for COVID-19 will end on May 11. The White House says it wanted to give plenty of notice that emergency measures that were put in place during the pandemic will end to avoid chaos for the health care system and to give it time to wind down in an orderly way. During the emergency, vaccines and COVID-19 testing were free, Medicaid programs could not boot people from coverage and telehealth was expanded, and not all of those programs will continue after May 11. The public health emergency also was the foundation of Title 42 rules that allowed the U.S. to quickly export people who crossed borders without proper documentation. Those rules are currently tied up in federal courts.

A drug called xylazine, known in veterinary circles as an animal tranquilizer, is showing up as an additive to street drugs. The FDA warns it is deadly dangerous. The slang word for the drug is “tranq” and it has shown up in 36 states. In some cities, 90% of the street-bought drugs that officials tested showed traces of tranq. One of the drug’s hallmarks in humans is the presence of gruesome wounds and decaying skin tissue called eschar, which can become infected and lead to amputation.

Gallup released a new poll showing what concerns Americans the most, and the No. 1 problem on people’s minds is “the government/leadership.” Inflation, immigration and race relations also ranked high on some people’s minds, although Republicans are a lot more concerned about immigration than Democrats and Democrats say race relations are a bigger problem.

A record-breaking ([link removed]) 16.3 million Americans signed up for Affordable Care Act insurance plans during the program’s latest enrollment season. It is the highest number to enroll in the 10 years of the program. A fourth of the people who signed up for ACA coverage are new to the program. The enrollment marks a 50% increase in Obamacare coverage since Joe Biden became president. Obamacare gets an overall strong favorable rating from young adults.

The top three best-selling vehicles in the United States last year all had one thing in common, besides four wheels: They all were pickup trucks. In fact, the F-150 pickup truck has been the top-selling vehicle in America for the last 40 years.

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