Andy Slavitt is author of the new book, “Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response.” Slavitt has spent his career working to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care. He also served as Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Obama administration. Slavitt joined the Biden administration in January to help control the spread of covid and get Americans vaccinated.

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Andy Slavitt, former White House senior advisor on coronavirus response, says that people who are vaccinated don’t need to worry about the Delta variant of covid-19, explaining that vaccines have proven to be “successful” against it. But he added that those who are not vaccinated or live in areas with a low degree of vaccination are more vulnerable. “[T]his is basically covid-19 on steroids. It spreads easier, it goes faster, you need less exposure to get it…” (Washington Post Live)
Andy Slavitt, former White House senior advisor on coronavirus response, says he believes the country is getting to a place where covid-19 will be something that is manageable. “I think we’re moving to a place though where we can start to move covid-19 to the bucket of all the rest of the challenges that we deal with every day that are manageable…” (Washington Post Live)
Andy Slavitt, former White House senior advisor on coronavirus response, believes the U.S. will get “very close” to President Biden’s goal of getting 70 percent of the country by the Fourth of July. But he said that 70 percent could look different community-by-community, adding that the big challenge will be getting people under 40 and those who still have questions vaccinated. (Washington Post Live)
Andy Slavitt, former White House senior advisor on coronavirus response, says China needs to cooperate with investigations into the origins of covid-19. “…[W]e need to get to the bottom of this, and China needs to cooperate. We cannot set a precedent of not having full cooperation and understanding of how these things started.” (Washington Post Live)

Andy Slavitt

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From former head of Obamacare Andy Slavitt and host of the top-rated podcast In the Bubble, PREVENTABLE: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response is the definitive inside account of the United States’ failed response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In PREVENTABLE, Slavitt chronicles what he saw and how much could have been prevented—an unflinching investigation of the cultural, political, and economic drivers that led to unnecessary loss of life.

With unparalleled access to the key players throughout the government on both sides of the aisle, the principal public figures, as well as the people working on the frontline involved in fighting the virus, Slavitt brings you into the room as fateful decisions are made. PREVENTABLE focuses on the people at the center of the political system, health care system, patients, and caregivers. The story that emerges is one of a country in which—despite the heroics of many—bad leadership, political and cultural fractures, and an unwillingness to sustain sacrifice light a fuse that is difficult to extinguish.

Written in the tradition of The Big Short, PREVENTABLE continues Andy Slavitt’s important work of addressing the uncomfortable realities that brought America to this place. And, he puts forth the solutions that will prevent us from being here again, ensuring a better, stronger country for everyone.

ANDY SLAVITT was President Biden’s White House Senior Advisor for the Covid response at the beginning of his term where he oversaw direct communication with the public on the pandemic. He has led many of the nation’s most important health care initiatives, serving as President Obama’s head of Medicare and Medicaid and overseeing the turnaround, implementation and defense of the Affordable Care Act.

Slavitt is the “outsider’s insider”, serving in leading private and non-profit roles in addition to his government services. he is founder and Board Chair Emeritus of United States of Care, a national non-profit health advocacy organization as well as a founding partner of Town Hall Ventures, a healthcare firm that invests in underrepresented communities. He co-chaired a national initiative on the future of health care at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He chronicles what goes on inside the government and across the nation at town halls, in USA Today, and on Twitter. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School, he and his wife have two grown sons. He is host of the award winning In the Bubble podcast.