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Media Roundtable: How Walmart Avoided Opioid Charges & Health Workers Prepare For Covid-19 Patients

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Health care personnel prepare to test a person for coronavirus at a drive-up tent in a Kaiser Permanente medical center parking lot in San Francisco, Thursday, March 12, 2020.

 

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we are discussing a new Propublica investigation exposing how Trump administration appointees prevented Texas prosecutors from indicting Walmart for filling suspicious opioid prescriptions.

Later in the show, we'll find out what Bay Area hospitals and frontline workers are doing to prepare for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients. San Francisco officials say city hospitals need 5,000 more beds and 1,500 more ventilators.

 

Guests:

 

Jesse Eisinger, senior reporter and editor at ProPublica, and author of the The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

Anna Maria Barry-Jester, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News

 

Web Resources:

 

Propublica, Jesse Eisinger and James Bandler: Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.

Kaiser Health News, Anna Maria Barry-Jester : A View From The Front Lines Of California’s COVID-19 Battle

 

The LA Times, ANITA CHABRIA: California coronavirus cases continue to grow, reaching rate on par with New York

 
 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.