Despite the importance of mental health services, auditors in the report released this week say state health leaders failed for ten years — under both Gov. Kate Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber — to set a consistent plan or vision for providing these services, resulting in “system disarray.”
Additional new government actions were not immediately clear. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was to ’take all appropriate and necessary steps’ so health care workers could get respirators needed when treating coronavirus patients. Shortages are a concern, as is the manufacture of many face masks for industrial rather than medical use.
Economic gains largely followed along the lines of an expansion that started more than a decade ago under Obama. And while posting great job and stock market numbers, Trump never managed to achieve the rates of economic growth he promised in the 2016 campaign, nor growth rates seen in the past.