Democratic Rep. Katie Porter Grills CDC Head, Convinces Him to Provide Free Coronavirus Tests

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.

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Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.