Skip to comments.Sen. Cruz calls on Trump to address medical supply shortages by invoking Defense Production Act
Posted on 03/23/2020 2:32:53 PM PDT by rintintin
As President Donald Trump suggests the response to the coronavirus may be going too far, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is urging his administration go further.
Cruz who has emerged as one of the most vocal members of Congress on the dangers the virus poses wants the administration to tell private manufacturers to begin making ventilators, warning the nation could soon face a shortage.
I don't want to see doctors having to make a choice of who gets to live and who has to die because they don't have the equipment to save their lives, Cruz said on his podcast, Verdict.
You can't build a ventilator overnight, he said. And if we wake up two weeks from now and instead of 11,000 cases, we've got 200,000 cases or a million cases, it might be too late then.
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ADD blocked - cant read it - I CANNOT believe Cruz wants that.
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the heads of major corporations have lobbied the administration against using the act, saying the move could prove counterproductive, imposing red tape on companies precisely when they need flexibility to deal with closed borders and shuttered factories.”
You can't convert a factory and start making ventilators in two weeks either.
imposing red tape on companies precisely when they need flexibility to deal with closed borders and shuttered factories.
So we’re reliant on other countries? (”closed borders” are an issue in building ventilators?)
Cruz should shut up.
It has been 2 FULL MONTHS, Donald. How about getting things moving? PLEASE!
As Karl Denninger has pointed out, if they have to put you on a ventilator you have about a 5% chance of survival, anyway. The disease progression has to be headed off quicker using anti-viral medications.
How about Cruz buck up, get some surgical masks and get the hell back to work
As someone that's spent a career improving manufacturing operations, I can tell you that I have yet to see anything that is truly unique. Not saying it isn't out there, but too many don't understand their processes well enough, so they want to dumb down everybody they talk to. Aside from a process industry like a refinery or a foundry, if there is a process that is understood, it shouldn't be that hard. Someone would essentially just assemble and test it, but sadly, most companies don't do that well. The key aspect would be getting the components and setting up the assembly process.
I would wager that a unit could be assembled in under two hours, and that's being conservative. The first 2-4 units might be a bit of curve, but after that, it only gets easier.
Get the guy who has invented a new kind of ventilator, that costs $150 each, to design it for them.No sense in spending $15,000-$30,000 for the old style ventilators.
I’ll second that one. Why is he adding to the Democrat plan to use this crisis to their advantage? We don’t need any more government control.
I would wager only Toyota and Honda could do this easily and effectively. GM and Ford have to contend with union BS, and they would also like be some of the most expensive ventilators ever made.
If that is what it takes to get the volume it, then Cruz is right. Plus where are all the reports of Big Pharma returning its manufacturing to the US? That should seriously have been jawboned into happening by now—if not forced by law, such as what Tom Cotton is apparently working on.
Shut-up ted, go back into isolation. You were more useful then. I swear, this guy is like a poodle nipping at someones heel.
I believe Trump has already activated that un the last few days.
Said he won’t use it if they can get companies to voluntarily help.
But it’s activated so they can move quickly if they need it.
Just FYI, ventilators have to be built in semi-clean room facilities from parts that don’t outgas, unlike cars or most consumer electronics.
I wish youd rewrite your post in more understandable English. Too many younger FReepers have no idea of American ingenuity.
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