As of this writing, the precise origin of the Chinese virus, SARS CoV-2, remains unclear. It is however known that cases predated the eruption in the “wet market” in Wuhan—which in the meantime has been reopened, suggesting at least that Chinese authorities do not believe it was the source of the pandemic. The alternative theory that the virus escaped from experiments in one of Wuhan’s virology laboratories therefore remains plausible.
As the infection rates go up, job losses increase and workers leave cities to walk back home, there is a silent food crisis striking the country. The levels of malnutrition and Severe Acute Malnourishment (SAM) are bound to go up significantly.
In this month’s edition of Checks and Balances, we review the potential implications of the coronavirus pandemic for the repeal of agency rules under the Congressional Review Act; President Donald Trump’s (R) executive order concerning procedural rights in administrative adjudication; a new quorum at the Federal Election Commission; and an order from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that highlights the role of federal agency in preemption decisions.
The Hoover Institution presents an online virtual briefing series on pressing policy issues, including health care, the economy, democratic governance, and national security. Briefings will include thoughtful and informed analysis from our top scholars.
KATE BUNDORF: COVID-19 and the US Healthcare System
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET
Public health officials across America have spent the last several months warning about the dangers of the coronavirus, and the need for us to stay at home, halt economic activity and avoid social interactions with our friends and neighbors.
Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, an influential economic analysis from the University of Chicago concluded that the likely benefits of moderate social distancing would greatly exceed the resultant costs. The New York Times and the Washington Post recently cited that study as evidence that the use of strict lockdowns to control the virus’s spread has been justified, and that current efforts to “open up” social and economic activity around the U.S. are dangerous and irresponsible.
The Working Group on Health Care Policy devises public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.