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Congress Has Starved Local Public-Health Departments : Funding is way down since the Great Recession, weakening their ability to respond to COVID-19. The Trump administration's bungling of the federal government's response to the COVID-19 virus has drawn a lot of criticism, and rightly so. But it turns out that while things have surely gone from bad to insane under this administration, Washington has been failing local health departments since about 2008, as federal funding had been continually cut, leaving those departments with fewer resources than they need to deal with emergencies like pandemics.… Full Article
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