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President Joe Biden has said he still wants a bipartisan bill to allow for the next round of covid relief. But if it doesn’t, the House committees set out this week to work on a budget vote bill that the Senate could pass by a simple majority. In addition to covid-related issues, the proposals also address some significant changes to the Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act.
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines for wearing masks. But the guidelines are confusing to many, underscoring the rapidly changing science surrounding the virus, leaving many laypeople unsure of how best to go about it.
This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Paige Winfield Cunningham of the Washington Post, and Sarah Karlin-Smith of Pink Sheet.
Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:
In honor of Valentine’s Day, panelists voted their favorite #healthpolicyvalentines from Twitter. KHN is also choosing its own range to be released on Friday.
As additional credit, panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week that they think you should read too:
Julie Rovner: The Washington Post says, “Oh, we’re still at it.” The pandemic wall is here ”by Maura Judkis
Joanne Kenen: Atul Gawande’s New Yorker “At the Worst-Hit County in the Worst Affected State in the Worst Affected Country”
Paige Winfield Cunningham: The “frustration of the Atlantic is spreading faster than the vaccine” by Anne Applebaum
Sarah Karlin-Smith: HuffPosts “Delaying Second Dose? A Guide to the Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Debate “by Jonathan Cohn
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