Democratic Rep. Katie Porter Grills CDC Head, Convinces Him to Provide Free Coronavirus Tests
During Thursday’s House hearing about coronavirus test kits, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) used a whiteboard and knowledge of federal law to get the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to commit to free coronavirus testing for Americans.
With the Trump administration and the CDC taking a lot of heat over the slow rollout of test kits, as well as the price tag some citizens are experiencing when they are able to get tested, Porter confronted Health and Human Services official Dr. Robert Kadlec on the out-of-pocket cost of certain medical tests.
After he said he wasn’t sure, Porter pulled out her whiteboard and began writing down the costs for a round of tests, such as a complete blood count test and metabolic panel.
Watch the clip above, via C-SPAN.