COVID Board Member Demands Action Now; Here's How
Suggest Possible Denial of Grants to 13 States Without Mask Rules
But the Board - or even one of the individual Board member - could take a very simple action now which could mitigate the growing deadly health crisis, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who has already made two significant contributions to the war on the coronavirus, and has worked on public health issues with Dr. David Kessler in the past.
Indeed, Banzhaf notes that the Board is considering a simple plan which would strongly encourage holdout states to join the overwhelming majority, and require people to wear face coverings in public, by suggesting that grants to such holdout states might be withheld, or at least that applications from entities in states with mask requirements in place by January 1st would receive preference in the award of health grants.
The proposal under consideration is that the Board - or even only one Board member - would say that the Board might consider suggesting to President Biden that he should direct executive branch agencies awarding health-related grants to limit them - or at least give preference - to applications from entities in states which had a mandatory mask rule in place on January 1, or some earlier date.
Even though such a grant preference is, at this time, only a possible suggestion yet to be considered - much less adopted - by the Board, many applicants dependent upon federal funding might be reluctant to take even a small chance on missing out on a big federal grant from the new Biden administration, and would likely pressure their governors to adopt a mask policy before the date deadline.
At the very least, Banzhaf suggests that there is nothing to lose by floating such a trial balloon, and lots to save in terms of lives, medical care costs, and possibly even helping to avoid more intrusive measures such as lengthy lock downs, etc., if the current trend continues.