EDITOR’S NOTE:Every week we post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column on WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.
Last week, with Covid-19 cases are increasing and more Americans test positive for the omicron variant, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked at a press conference why the United States is not offering universal free coronavirus home testing. “Shall we just send one to every American?” She replied sarcastically.
But scientists and public health experts didn’t laugh. she noticed quickly that many other countries have done exactly that. In the UK, citizens can have free tests delivered to their door. France, Germany and Singapore to name a few offer coronavirus testing at little or no cost.
Instead, the United States did will rely on it private insurers who reimburse the cost of home tests – and the Americans who show the money, keep receipts, and navigate What Can a Complicated Refund Process Be?.
Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.