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By Spencer Powell
January 7, 2021 (San Diego) - So I decided to test the COVID-19 testing system here in East County. I require my employees to test often in order for them to work. Yesterday I went and got a rapid test at great expense, I was in and out in no time. Today I’m here trying to get a free rapid test and I’m still here in a parking lot waiting to be tested let alone results. 

So if you can pay you’re going to get the best care and testing results come in no time; yesterday I only waited about 15 minutes and was tested right away. Here I am today, my appointment was at 9am and it’s now 9:45 a.m. So my employees who cannot afford such cost on a regular basis have to jump hoops just to get tested! If this mess doesn’t say we need universal health, I don’t know what would.

Testing shouldn’t be easier because you can pay! It should be organized and distributed to everyone regularly, regardless of who you are.

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