When the original Obamacare website failed abysmally on its launch in 2013, Andy Slavitt was the tech health entrepreneur brought in to turn things around. Subsequently he served in the Obama administration as Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He's a guy who fixes things.
Many more functional federal and state public health officials have been consulting Slavitt as we have blundered through the current emergency.
Yesterday Slavitt offered a grim prognosis for the pandemic's course among us in a twitter thread I'm excerpting here.
And here we come to crux of what he fears will be the situation in many places in the fall of this year:
Slavitt adds that he can't report who he was talking with or where because "I’m trying to help them right now & that won’t help."
- Unless something changes drastically, Black and Latinx people will almost certainly be the largest fraction of those who sicken and die. This is what our racism has wrought.
- This was preventable. Trump's ignorance and self-absorption impeded the public health response which is the most basic responsibility of government. And his political party played along, as always.