With the Biden administration spreading a thunderstorm of hysteria around COVID-19, the new Omicron variant, and the dark winter ahead, White House correspondent Peter Doocy decided to ask Press Secretary Jen Psaki why hasn’t the administration delivered on its promise to provide at-home testing at no cost. 

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On Monday, Doocy, who recently returned to the White House after testing positive for COVID-19, asked, “I heard the president say, ‘Google COVID tests near me.’ So, as somebody isolating with COVID, I did that. And the appointments everywhere were completely jammed. So, why is it that you guys were so unprepared for the need for testing after the holidays?”  

Psaki would ultimately blame Omicron for the failed promise, but was sure to add in how much the Biden administration has supposedly accomplished. “I would just note where we have come from. If you look to a year ago there were no tests, or maybe one depending on the timeline, that was available on the market. Now we have nine. If you look to about a year ago, there was about 900,000 or maybe slightly higher tests that were being issued every day. Now we’re about 10 or 11 million. 300 million tests are done in this country every month. So there’s enormous progress being made.”

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Not satisfied with her answer, Doocy pressed harder, “You guys said you were going to mail free tests to people that need them. The president’s there on television talking about a ‘winter of severe illness and death.’ While he’s saying that publicly, why weren’t you guys doing more to prepare for the winter?” 

While Psaki listed off a range of options for COVID-19 testing, which included Americans buying their own, Doocy added, “At the rate you guys are going, these tests are not going to be available until spring, so will you admit that these free tests you guys promised are not going to be ready until after the omicron surge?”

Assuring Americans that insurance companies could potentially cover the cost for at-home tests, Psaki ended with, “We’ll start to have tests coming out the door in the coming weeks.”

This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on January 11, 2022. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.

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