Briahna Joy Gray discusses US's handling of COVID-19 testing

The former national press secretary for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Filibuster becomes new litmus test for Democrats Gallego says he's been approached about challenging Sinema MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign on Wednesday criticized the U.S.'s failure to simplify COVID-19 testing. 

"The problem here isn't the idea of big government," Briahna Joy Gray, who now hosts the Bad Faith Podcast, said on Hill TV’s “Rising.” "It's the idea that our government is so overly invested in the idea of health insurance subsidies and the idea of private-public partnerships that it is not able to do what government is able to do best, which is lower the cost of products like this and distribute them directly to Americans."

"That's what's being done in the other countries, and that's what was being demanded or offered up by the reporter as an alternative to the complicated, byzantine, jump-on-one-foot while reciting the pledge of allegiance approach that's being taken currently," she added.

Gray's comments referenced White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Part of US military support package arrives in Ukraine Biden seeks to save what he can from Build Back Better MORE's remarks to a reporter who asked why the U.S. does not just make COVID-19 tests free and have them available everywhere. 

"Should we just send one to every American?" Psaki asked at the briefing. "Then what happens if every American has one test? How much does that cost and then what happens after that?"  

As the pandemic continues, concerns about the omicron variant have heightened recently both in the U.S. and internationally. 

On Wednesday, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called upon countries to remain vigilant in combating COVID-19, adding that "complacency now will cost lives."