OP-ED BY JIMMY PATRONIS, FLA. CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
UPDATED 9:12 AM PT – Friday, September 24, 2021
Joe Biden is afraid of Ron DeSantis. That much is clear. While we know that our great Governor is simply keeping his head down and working hard to keep our businesses open and our economy growing, our insecure President thinks Gov. DeSantis is a political threat to his future. In fact, just recently Gov. DeSantis worked – with no help from the feds – to secure another 3,000 doses of monoclonal antibody treatment after Biden cut supply to Florida.
Usually the insecurities of a President wouldn’t matter to anyone besides his political consultants and the staff who have to continuously explain why he can’t seem to form complete sentences, or why in many instances, he seems to ramble along as though he’s talking to himself while reading a Waffle House menu. But, that isn’t the case during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the President’s insecurities are driving his policymaking and will likely cost many Floridians their health; or, God forbid, their lives.
After weeks of Gov. DeSantis’ public promotion of monoclonal antibody treatments at events across the state, Joe Biden took to his presidential podium to applaud how great the treatment works for reducing hospitalizations and Covid-19 complications. He told the entire nation during a public address last week that he would increase the availability of monoclonal antibody treatments by 50% because of how well the treatment works to curb serious illness when administered quickly after a positive Covid test.
But, what he did next was not increase our supply at all – at least not in Florida. In what can only be described as a clumsy attempt to swipe at our Governor for his weeks of public promotion of monoclonal antibody treatments, Biden CUT Florida’s allotment of this therapy by 41,000 doses per week – over half of the 72,000 usual weekly doses. This is worse than Biden’s usual negligence or absence from duty, which we have all come to expect. This is caustic partisanship that puts the health of Floridians in the crosshairs of Biden’s aim at someone he views as a threat to his ability to hold onto power.
It’s sickening. As Tampa General Hospital CEO John Couris told a committee just this week, this serious cut to our monoclonal antibody therapy supply would “hurt people in Florida.” He pointed out that their hospital was already having to limit their operations to provide “this life-saving therapy” in anticipation of the restricted supply. With lives on the line, we must stand up and demand an end to this insanity.
Biden’s White House is trying to explain away the serious cut to Florida’s supply by saying antibody therapies need to be more equitable across all states. But, that is crazy. Monoclonal antibody therapies are a medicine, and as such, they should be distributed based on the amount of people who are sick, not an arbitrary standard of equality. I have two children. If one of them is sick and I only have one dose of Tylenol, I do not split the one dose evenly between the healthy and the sick child. I treat my sick child. The resources may seem “uneven” between them, but it’s also common sense to help heal the sick.
Biden’s refusal to allow Floridians unfettered access to lifesaving therapies for Covid-19 is dangerous, and at this point his flailing political attacks are borderline treasonous as well. When you put your own citizens in harm’s way for your perceived political gain, you have neglected the duties bestowed upon you by the free people of this great nation. Shame on you, Mr. President. It’s time you reverse this terrible, self-centered political policy. Our people are image-bearers of God. Not your political pawns.