States such as Minnesota, Nebraska and Montana, which the pandemic has touched relatively lightly, are getting more than $300,000 per reported COVID-19 case in the $30 billion, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.
On the other hand, New York, the worst-hit state, would receive only $12,000 per case. Florida is getting $132,000 per case. KHN relied on an analysis by staff on the House Ways and Means Committee along with COVID-19 cases tabulated by The New York Times.
The CARES Act, the emergency law passed last month to address the pandemic, gives HHS wide latitude to administer $100 billion in grants to hospitals and doctors.
The Republican Party has run on destroying government for my entire life. Ronald Reagan famously said, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help”. Grover Norquist has a pledge that 99% of GOP candidates around the country sign that states they would never raise taxes. He has said, “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub”.
The truth is that we now have a government run by a mix of ignorant morons and others who want to find ways to enrich themselves and their friends with whatever tax money they collect.