Biden’s decision to withhold antibody treatment to states like Texas and Florida purely political, as is usually the case under socialized medicine.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the Biden administration’s move to control the distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments is to punish southern states like Texas and Florida is simply because they are Republican strongholds.
On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Paul said Biden seized control of the antibody treatments “for political reasons,” a hallmark of “socialized medicine.”
“Realize this is the difference between socialized medicine and capitalism. Under capitalism, when there’s increased demand – and Florida has increased demand right now – you increase the supply,” Paul said.
“Supply matches demand in capitalism. In socialism, you have political reasons. So, it could be that they think there are more deplorable people in Florida, more Republicans or more of the unvaccinated unwashed.”
“And so, decisions will be made for political reasons. But if this were capitalism and this were going out into the marketplace, the companies would be ramping up production and it would be distributed where it’s needed,” he added.
Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday that the Biden administration will dictate the “equitable distribution” of monoclonal antibodies rather than let the free market determine where the treatment is needed.
“HHS will determine the amount of product each state and territory receives on a weekly basis. State and territorial health departments will subsequently identify sites that will receive product and how much,” the HHS spokesperson said.
“This system will help maintain equitable distribution, both geographically and temporally, across the country – providing states and territories with consistent, fairly-distributed supply over the coming weeks.”
The majority of treatments were going to Florida and Texas, who are facing a spike in COVID cases, but the HHS has reduced the inflow by at least 50%.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized Biden’s decision to ration treatments in his state, especially given he recently pledged to INCREASE antibody treatment supply by 50%.
“This is a dramatic reduction,” DeSantis said Thursday at a Fort Lauderdale press conference. “We are facing a massive cut in antibody treatments. Abruptly.”
“We’ve been thrown a major curveball here with a really huge cut,” DeSantis continued. “We’re going to make sure we leave no stone unturned. Whoever needs a treatment, we’re going to work like hell to get them the treatment.”