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MSNBC 25 Mar 2020

States Fight For Supplies In Absence Of Federal Coordination

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Rachel Maddow looks at how the lack of federal leadership on seeing to the medical equipment needs of the states has states competing against each other and even other countries, driving up prices. Aired on 3/25/20.


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>>> HERE’S HOW THE "WASHINGTON
>>> HERE’S HOW THE "WASHINGTON POST" HEADLINES THE SITUATION
POST" HEADLINES THE SITUATION TONIGHT.
TONIGHT. QUOTE, SCRAMBLE FOR MEDICAL
QUOTE, SCRAMBLE FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DESCENDS INTO CHAOS AS
EQUIPMENT DESCENDS INTO CHAOS AS U.S. STATES AND HOSPITALS
U.S. STATES AND HOSPITALS COMPETE FOR RARE SUPPLIES.
COMPETE FOR RARE SUPPLIES. A MAD SCRAMBLE FOR MASKS, GOWNS,
A MAD SCRAMBLE FOR MASKS, GOWNS, AND VENTILATORS IS PITTING
AND VENTILATORS IS PITTING STATES AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND
STATES AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND DRIVING UP PRICES.
DRIVING UP PRICES. HOSPITALS ARE REQUESTING
HOSPITALS ARE REQUESTING DONATIONS OF MASKS AND GLOVES
DONATIONS OF MASKS AND GLOVES FROM CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES,
FROM CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES, NAIL SALONS, TATTOO PARLORS,
NAIL SALONS, TATTOO PARLORS, THEY’RE CONSIDERING USING
THEY’RE CONSIDERING USING VENTILATORS DESIGNED FOR LARGE
VENTILATORS DESIGNED FOR LARGE ANIMALS.
ANIMALS. BECAUSE THEY CANNOT FIND THE
BECAUSE THEY CANNOT FIND THE KIND MADE FOR PEOPLE.
KIND MADE FOR PEOPLE. ILLINOIS GOVERNOR JB PRITZKER
ILLINOIS GOVERNOR JB PRITZKER SAYS IN CONVERSATIONS WITH
SAYS IN CONVERSATIONS WITH VENTILATOR MAKER, ONE COMPANY
VENTILATOR MAKER, ONE COMPANY SAID I WAS COMPETING WITH FEMA
SAID I WAS COMPETING WITH FEMA FOR VENTILATORS AND I CALLED
FOR VENTILATORS AND I CALLED ANOTHER MANUFACTURER AND HE
ANOTHER MANUFACTURER AND HE POINTED OUT THAT I WOULD BE
POINTED OUT THAT I WOULD BE COMPETING WITH COUNTRIES OTHER
COMPETING WITH COUNTRIES OTHER THAN THE UNITED STATES.
THAN THE UNITED STATES. I BETTER PUT IN AS BIG OF AN
I BETTER PUT IN AS BIG OF AN ORDER AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO
ORDER AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO PUT MYSELF HIGHER ON THE LIST OF
PUT MYSELF HIGHER ON THE LIST OF PRIORITY.
PRIORITY. STATE OFFICIALS AND HEALTH CARE
STATE OFFICIALS AND HEALTH CARE LEADERS ARE BEGGING THE FEDERAL
LEADERS ARE BEGGING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO USE A WAR TIME LAW
GOVERNMENT TO USE A WAR TIME LAW TO BRING ORDER AND ENSURE THE
TO BRING ORDER AND ENSURE THE U.S. HAS THE GEAR IT NEEDS TO
U.S. HAS THE GEAR IT NEEDS TO BATTLE THE CORONAVIRUS BUT SO
BATTLE THE CORONAVIRUS BUT SO FAR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS
FAR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS DECLINED.
DECLINED. THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED ABOUT
THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED ABOUT USING A WAR-TIME LAW TO TRY TO
USING A WAR-TIME LAW TO TRY TO BRING ORDER, AND TRY TO IMPOSE
BRING ORDER, AND TRY TO IMPOSE THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL
THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TRY TO ORGANIZE,
GOVERNMENT TO TRY TO ORGANIZE, MANDATE, AND MEANINGFULLY
MANDATE, AND MEANINGFULLY DISTRIBUTE THE MEDICAL SUPPLY
DISTRIBUTE THE MEDICAL SUPPLY CHAIN IN THIS COUNTRY.
CHAIN IN THIS COUNTRY. HE’S TALKED ABOUT IT.
HE’S TALKED ABOUT IT. SO FAR HASN’T DONE IT.
SO FAR HASN’T DONE IT. AND WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
AND WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ACTING ON TRYING TO PROVIDE
IS ACTING ON TRYING TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SUPPLIES IT DOESN’T SEEM
MEDICAL SUPPLIES IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE DOING A PARTICULARLY GOOD
TO BE DOING A PARTICULARLY GOOD JOB OF IT.
JOB OF IT. STATE OFFICIALS TODAY TELLING
STATE OFFICIALS TODAY TELLING ABC NEWS, WHAT LITTLE THEY ARE
ABC NEWS, WHAT LITTLE THEY ARE GETTING FROM THE FEDERAL
GETTING FROM THE FEDERAL STOCKPILE IN TERMS OF SUPPLIES
STOCKPILE IN TERMS OF SUPPLIES INCLUDES A BUNCH OF OLD AND
INCLUDES A BUNCH OF OLD AND EXPIRED EQUIPMENT.
EXPIRED EQUIPMENT. NEW YORK CITY SAYS THEY’VE
NEW YORK CITY SAYS THEY’VE GOTTEN 78,000 OF THE 2.2 MILLION
GOTTEN 78,000 OF THE 2.2 MILLION N95 MASKS THEY ASKED FOR FROM
N95 MASKS THEY ASKED FOR FROM THE FEDS, AGAIN 78,000 OF THE
THE FEDS, AGAIN 78,000 OF THE 2.2 MILLION THEY ASKED FOR, THE
2.2 MILLION THEY ASKED FOR, THE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS MANY
CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS MANY OF THE ONES THEY DID GET ARE
OF THE ONES THEY DID GET ARE EXPIRED.
EXPIRED. OF COURSE, THEY’LL TAKE THEM.
OF COURSE, THEY’LL TAKE THEM. BUT THAT’S NOT IDEAL.
BUT THAT’S NOT IDEAL. THE ORGANIZE
THE ORGANIZE OREGON GOVERNOR’S OFFICE SAYS
OREGON GOVERNOR’S OFFICE SAYS THEY RECEIVED A PERCENTAGE OF
THEY RECEIVED A PERCENTAGE OF THE N95 GOWNS AND MASKS AND WHAT
THE N95 GOWNS AND MASKS AND WHAT WE ARE RECEIVING ARE WELL PAST
WE ARE RECEIVING ARE WELL PAST EXPIRATION DATES AND WOULDN’T BE
EXPIRATION DATES AND WOULDN’T BE SUITABLE FOR SURGICAL SETTINGS.
SUITABLE FOR SURGICAL SETTINGS. BUT HEY IN THE WORDS OF ONE
BUT HEY IN THE WORDS OF ONE PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH OFFICIAL,
PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH OFFICIAL, QUOTE, A MASK IS BETTER THAN NO
QUOTE, A MASK IS BETTER THAN NO MASK.
MASK. THAT’S WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW.
THAT’S WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. THE NEED TO NATIONALIZE THE
THE NEED TO NATIONALIZE THE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLY CHAIN,
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLY CHAIN, TO PUT THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL
TO PUT THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THE SUPPLY
GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THE SUPPLY CHAIN OF THIS STUFF BETTER, TO
CHAIN OF THIS STUFF BETTER, TO RATIONALIZE IT, TO MAKE ORDER
RATIONALIZE IT, TO MAKE ORDER OUT OF THE CHAOS, TO GET ENOUGH
OUT OF THE CHAOS, TO GET ENOUGH SUPPLIES AND QUALITY SUPPLIES TO
SUPPLIES AND QUALITY SUPPLIES TO WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED AND TO
WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED AND TO HAVE THE STATES STOP COMPETING
HAVE THE STATES STOP COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER AND DRIVING
AGAINST EACH OTHER AND DRIVING THESE BIDDING WARS.
THESE BIDDING WARS. THIS IS NOT AN ABSTRACT CONCEPT
THIS IS NOT AN ABSTRACT CONCEPT ANYMORE.
ANYMORE. WHY ISN’T THIS HAPPENING?
WHY ISN’T THIS HAPPENING? CONNECTICUT SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY
CONNECTICUT SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY TWEETING THIS AFTERNOON, QUOTE,
TWEETING THIS AFTERNOON, QUOTE, JUST OFF THE PHONE WITH THE
JUST OFF THE PHONE WITH THE PRESIDENT OF ONE OF
PRESIDENT OF ONE OF CONNECTICUT’S BUSIEST HOSPITALS.
CONNECTICUT’S BUSIEST HOSPITALS. THEY HAVE ENOUGH TESTS TO LAST
THEY HAVE ENOUGH TESTS TO LAST THREE DAYS.
THREE DAYS. AND THEIR SUPPLIER JUST CALLED,
AND THEIR SUPPLIER JUST CALLED, THE NEXT SHIPMENT ISN’T COMING.

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