Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) health scare began creeping into America earlier this year, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN has been a fixture on the cable television, as he broke down the virus, its symptoms and the precautions, preventions and cure. Now, as the full blown pandemic has completely changed the way Americans lead their lives, there are several Indian Americans who have come into national and international limelight.
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Just hours after she was pilloried by the media and infectious diseases experts for adding to the confusion of mixed messaging from the White House regarding sufficient medical supplies and test kits to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, Vice President Mike Pence had Seema Verma's back as the point person to help the country’s vulnerable senior citizens, who are affected by the virus.
Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is embroiled in yet another controversy, at the expense of taxpayer funds, this time apparently trying to have taxpayers reimburse her the costs of jewelry, clothing and other possessions, including a $5,900 Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, that were stolen from her luggage during a work-related trip.
In a low-key White House Diwali celebration on Oct. 24, President Donald Trump, in the company of the Indian-American members of his administration, including those who serve in various presidential commissions and boards, lit the ceremonial diya (lamp), and asked Seema Verma — Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- to read part of his Diwali message.
Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS), is under fire for hiring GOP-connected private consultants costing millions of taxpayer dollars to burnish her image, polish her brand, write her speeches, in addition to traveling with her around the country.
Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah, the highest-ranking Indian American serving in the West Wing and rumored to be leaving the Trump administration by the end of the year, has been reprimanded for posting political tweets — in violation of the Hatch Act.
Seema Verma, administrator for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has chosen this year’s scariest costume. And no it’s not a ghost or a ghoul or anything gory or gross, but a simple T-shirt which says “Medicare for All.” Yes, a simple black T-shirt with white prints was being called scary.
The White House has hastily scheduled a Diwali ceremony – set for Tuesday, Nov. 13 – in response to publication last week of a cover story in India Abroad reporting that for the first time in 15 years, the administration would not host a ceremony marking the Festival of Lights.
Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has said that she supports granting states flexibility on healthcare but she rejects California’s pursuit of single-payer healthcare, which she said, is unworkable.
“It's been a year since Trump took office and his South Asian appointees and supporters have been pushing an anti-immigrant, anti-civil rights, anti-Muslim, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-Internet agenda,” the website shameful.desi says. It urges fellow South Asian-Americans to “learn the issues” and to “hold them accountable.”