Obama Regulation Removed

PUBLISHED: 6:41 PM 5 Mar 2020

Obama FDA Regulation Was Blocking Coronavirus Testing, Trump Fixed That

One of the reasons that the testing for this disease has been stalled was thanks to an Obama FDA regulation that prevented virus testing.

Democrat policies apparently help the growth of sickness, poverty and death. (Source: Comedy Central YouTube Screenshot)

Under Barack Obama, an arbitrary Food and Drug Administration rule, had been stalling tests for coronavirus at the state level.

The rule in required state-run laboratories to only run medical tests pre-approved by the F.D.A., but thankfully, President Trump has acted to remove the illogical policy.

The Daily Caller reported:

Commissioner Stephen Hahn first addressed the testing problem on Saturday by issuing new guidance that would allow the state labs to conduct not-yet-approved coronavirus testing on patients in response to the public health emergency.

In return for skirting the Obama-era regulation, laboratories must apply for an F.D.A. review of the new test, document the test’s accuracy and notify the F.D.A. of the test’s validity prior to F.D.A. completing the approval process.

“We believe this policy strikes the right balance during this public health emergency,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn of the rule change. “We will continue to help to ensure sound science prior to clinical testing and follow-up with the critical independent review from the FDA, while quickly expanding testing capabilities in the U.S.”

“This action today reflects our public health commitment to addressing critical public health needs and rapidly responding and adapting to this dynamic and evolving situation.”

Vice President Mike Pence confirmed to reporters Wednesday that the rule in question had in fact been reversed, and President Donald Trump addressed it during his Wednesday meeting with airline officials at the White House.

“The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we’re doing, and we undid that decision a few days ago so that the testing can take place at a much more accurate and rapid fashion,” Trump stated. “That was a decision we disagreed with. I don’t think we would have made it, but for some reason it was made. But we’ve undone that decision.”

Some people argue that this is simply another example of how liberal policies actually promote sickness, poverty, and death.