Rep. Whitsett Heads To White House For COVID Help

Posted Apr 13, 2020

…Asked by Beck what her experience was with COVID-19, Whitsett said the illness began about March 12 with what she thought was just a sinus infection and pneumonia. When the illness turned more serious in late March, it was about the same time Trump had talked of hydroxychloroquine and the Whitmer Administration had issued a letter warning against mis-prescribing it and stockpiling, saying that could leave lupus and arthritis patients short of a drug that is their regular medicine. (See “Trump Touts Drug For COVID-19; Whitmer Administration Says No,” 3/27/20).

When she asked for the drug, her doctor declined to give it her, citing the letter. She tried to tell the doctor he was misinterpreting the order. (See “Most Henry Ford COVID Patients Getting Anti-Malarial Drug,” 3/31/20).

And that is when Rep. Annette GLENN (R-Midland) intervened on Whitsett’s behalf, to tell the doctor he was indeed misinterpreting the letter.

Glenn issued a statement today about the incident.

“Rep. Glenn’s call to Rep. Whitsett’s doctor occurred immediately following the conference call with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) . . . Because of her leadership — as vice-chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs — on successfully pressuring LARA to retract its initial threat against doctors and pharmacists who prescribed or filled prescriptions for the drug, others have also called Rep. Glenn to ask that she speak to their doctors, which she did,” Glenn’s statement reads.

Whitsett contends that if the doctor had waited one day to write the script, she would be dead. Her husband also tested positive for COVID-19 but only developed a serious cough.

Beck asked if the misinterpretation over LARA’s letter is now cleared up, and Whitsett said no, that doctors here are still not prescribing hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.

“It is still a hot mess,” she said.

Beck asked Whitsett to return to the show after she gets back from her visit to the White House, and she promised she would.

“We are in desperate need,” Whitsett said. “I can’t cry out any more than what I am crying out for what we need. I don’t have time to play politics. This is not the time for that.”